When verifying your identity, age and US citizenship at the local DMV, you will be required to provide valid proof of identification. Proof of ID is often required during situations such as applying for a learner’s permit, an ID card, a new driver’s license or when renewing an expired driver’s license. However, there tends to be some confusion as to which forms of identification are acceptable at the DMV. For this reason, the expert team at OnlineDriversLicenses.org has put together a comprehensive list of acceptable forms of identification which may presented at the DMV. While acceptable proofs of ID vary by state, several of the same documents are often accepted at DMV agencies throughout the country. These documents include birth certificates, passports, passport cards and registrations of birth.
#1 U.S. Birth Certificate – Depending on the state in which you live, two forms of identification may be needed to verify identification at the DMV. One of the more commonly used forms of identification is the U.S. birth certificate. An acceptable form of ID that may be used at the DMV includes an original, government-issued U.S. birth certificate, which proves your U.S. citizenship status, your identity, your name, your city or your county of birth and the names of your parents. However, if the name provided on your birth certificate has changed, you will usually need to provide a certified marriage certificate, a divorce decree, a civil union certificate, a civil union dissolution or a probate name change document as well.
#2 Registration of Birth – If you do not have a government-issued U.S. birth certificate, the group at OnlineDriversLicenses.org recommends presenting a government-issued registration of birth. However, a hospital-issued registration of birth is not accepted. Moreover, hospital-issued birth cards or baptismal certificates are not accepted forms of identification.
#3 U.S. Passport – According to the expert team at OnlineDriversLicenses.org, valid U.S. passports may be presented as alternatives to U.S. birth certificates or registrations of birth.
#4 Passport Card – In addition to U.S. passports, valid passport cards are acceptable forms of identification at the DMV. Unlike U.S. passports, passport cards are generally less expensive than traditional passports, and can only be used to re-enter the United States.
#5 State ID Card – Certain state DMV agencies accept state identification cards as proof of ID. However, it’s best to check with your local DMV to see if state ID cards are accepted.
#6 Acceptable ID for Non-U.S. Citizens – If you are a non-U.S.-born citizen, the team at OnlineDriversLicenses.org recommends presenting at least one of the following documents as proof of identification: a U.S. passport card, a U.S. passport, a Certificate of Naturalization, a Certificate of Citizenship, a Permanent Resident Card or a U.S. Consulate Report of Birth Abroad.
#7 Secondary Documents – In states that require two proofs of ID, secondary documentation is sometimes accepted in addition to one of the documents listed above. According to the group of experts at OnlineDriversLicenses.org, secondary identification documents include the following: a U.S. driver’s licenses from other states, Canadian driver’s licenses or U.S. territory licenses, military discharge separation papers, US military ID, non-driver identification cards, marriage certificates, Social Security cards, baptismal certificates, employment authorization cards and Veteran Health Identification Cards.
#8 Driver’s License – Depending on the state in which you live, a driver’s license may be used as proof of identification at the DMV. However, some states only accept driver’s licenses or learner’s permits as secondary proof of ID.
#9 Social Security Card – A Social Security card proves your unique identity. However, Social Security cards are often only accepted as secondary forms of identification at the DMV.