When you arrive at the DMV office to apply for a driving licence, you will need to be able to provide adequate proof of your identity in order to qualify. The following is a sample list of documents that you should provide to help expedite the process.
1. How to Verify Your Identity at the DMV Office and What to Take Along: Valid passport
If you are going to supply your passport as proof of your identity, you must ensure that your passport is valid. So check the expiration date. If it has already expired, you will not be allowed to use it as a valid form of identification when you visit the DMV. Also, if you are an immigrant, you will not be able to use your passport from your home country as a stand alone proof of identity. The DMV will only accept your passport as a form of identification if you provide back up evidence by showing your Permanent Resident Card (Green Card). This shows that you are not trying to contravene immigration laws and are residing legally in the country. Only under these circumstances will the DMV consider you eligible to apply for a driving licence.
2. How to Verify Your Identity at the DMV Office and What to Take Along: US Birth certificate
A valid US birth certificate is a good form of identification that you can use when applying for a driving licence. If your original birth certificate was lost or stolen, you must obtain a certified copy of the original and use that as evidence of your identity. Note that immigrants will not be able to use their birth certificates as a form of identity, as they cannot be tracked and verified as genuine in the United States.
3. How to Verify Your Identity at the DMV Office and What to Take Along: Military active duty/retiree card
If you or your parent or spouse is in the military or has retired from active duty, you can use your military ID card as proof of your identity. It has the added bonus of also having your Social Security number on it, but do not forget to include that also.
4. How to Verify Your Identity at the DMV Office and What to Take Along: Social Security card
You should try to provide your Social Security card as proof of your identity when you visit the DMV. When you do so, staff at the DMV will verify your identity with the Social Security Administration to make sure you are who you say you are and that you are not trying to obtain a driving licence fraudulently.
5. Name change documents
If you were adopted, were recently married or divorced, you will need to provide proof of what your name was prior to your adoption, marriage or divorce and what it is now. Have your adoption and marriage certificates with you, as well as your divorce decree, if that applies to you.
When you visit DMV, make sure that you are able to provide adequate documentation as evidence of your name, age and residence. Failure to provide what DMV ask for will only mean you are sent away and asked to return when you are more prepared.