Proofs of identity for a learner permit, driver license or non-driver ID card
To get a learner permit, driver license or non-driver ID card for the first time or to renew a document that has been expired for more than 2 years, you must
- prove your date of birth (DOB) - provide one acceptable document from the list below
- prove your name - provide your Social Security Card and one or more documents that total 4 points from the list below (there are special requirements If you are not eligible for a Social Security Card) 1
Note: If you have a valid NYS driver license, learner permit or non-driver ID card and you want a new or different document, you can show your current document to meet the required 6 points for proof of name. 2
- your signature must be on at least one of the documents
- you must provide original documents or documents certified by the issuing agency 3
- you cannot provide an expired document unless noted in the chart below
- you cannot provide more than one document of the same type of proof 4
- DMV will accept one INS/DHS document for proof of name and date of birth
- DMV will not accept documents that have been altered in any way 5
- if you want an Enhanced Driver License, you must also prove that you are a U.S. citizen and resident of New York State (for more information, see Proofs of Identity, U.S. Citizenship and NYS Residence)
|Acceptable Documents for Proof of Identity||Point Value||Proof of DOB?|
US or US Territory Birth Certificate that shows your first and last name 6
US DOS Consular Report of Birth Abroad (FS-240, DS-1350, F-545)
NYS Photo Driver License, Learner Permit or Non-Driver ID Card. Must be current or expired for less than two years.
US State Department issued Passport or Passport Card
US Military Photo ID Card 8
Certificate of Citizenship (N-560, N-561 or N-645)
Certificate of Naturalization (N-550, N-570 or N-578)
Valid Employment Authorization Card (I-688B or I-766) with photo, issued by INS/DHS
Permanent Resident Card (I-551)
Reentry Permit (I-327)
Refugee Travel Document (I-571)
Foreign Passport with a valid I-551 stamp or with a statement on the Visa (must be in English or translated by an embassy)
Foreign Passport with a Visa and a valid I-94 issued by INS/DHS (must be in English or translated by an embassy). There are special requirements if your I-94 has a status code. 9
Welfare/Medicaid/NY Food Stamp Card with photo
Welfare/Medicaid/NY Food Stamp Card without photo
NYS Interim License/Permit without photo
NYS or NYC Pistol Permit
NYS Professional License
NYS Registration Document (vehicle or boat only)
NYS Certificate of Title
Photo Driver License issued by another US State, jurisdiction, Canadian Province or territory (must be current or expired no longer than 1 year)
St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Photo ID Card
Canadian Birth Certificate with St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Photo ID Card
US Military Dependent ID Card
US College ID Card With Photo and Transcript
US High School ID Card with Report Card
US Marriage or Divorce Record OR Court Issued Name Change Decree
US Social Security Card
US Computer Printed Pay Stub (must have your name)
US Employee ID Card
US High School Diploma OR GED (General Equivalency Diploma)
US Supermarket Check Cashing Card with signature and pre-printed name
US Union Card
US Health Insurance Card/Prescription Card
US Life Insurance Policy (in effect at least 2 years)
US Utility Bill (must include your name and address)
Veterans Universal Access Photo ID Card
W-2 Form (must have your Social Security number on it)
Only one of these items, if issued by the same financial institution, can be accepted
IMPORTANT: Making a false statement in an application or in any proof or statement in conjunction with it, or deceiving or substituting, or causing another person to deceive or substitute in connection with such application, is punishable as a Class A misdemeanor pursuant to Section 210.45 of the Penal Law for Non-Driver card applicants, and is a misdemeanor under Section 392 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law for driver license applicants, and may result in the revocation or suspension of your license.
- 1. If you are not eligible to have a Social Security Card, you must show documents that total 6 points from the list below and a letter from the Social Security Administration (SSA) that was issued within 30 days of your application to DMV; the letter must state that you are not eligible to have the card. You must also show the Department of Homeland Security documentation that was used by the SSA to determine that you are not eligible.
- 2. If DMV has no record of your Social Security Number, you must show your Social Security Card.
- 3. If DMV allows you to send your application by mail, you must send photocopies. Do not send the original documents.
- 4. For example, 3 major credit cards count as one credit card.
- 5. DMV will confiscate all documents that appear to be fraudulent for review by DMV's Investigations Unit. If you submit a fraudulent document, you may be subject to criminal prosecution.
- 6. Must be issued by a Board of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, or US State Department.
US Territories are: American Samoa, Guam, Mariana Islands, Marshall Islands, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and Wake Island.
If you were born in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island or Queens, you can order a copy of your birth certificate from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene website.
- 7. If under age 21, must be signed by parent or legal guardian in the presence of a DMV representative.
- 8. Issued to active, reserve, and retired military personnel only.
If your I-94 has status code:
F1 (student) or F2 (spouse or child of student), you must also show the original stamped INS/DHS form I-20, with any subsequent I-20 and “notice of approval” (if appropriate). To be acceptable, the school that the student attends must be located within NYS.
J1 (exchange visitor) or J2 (spouse or child of exchange visitor), you must also show the original stamped INS/DHS form DS-2019 with any subsequent IAP-66 and “notice of approval” (if appropriate).
A1, A2, G1 or G3: Contact the Department of State to get a driver license, learner permit, or non-driver identification card.
G4: You must apply for DMV services at DMV's Midtown Manhattan office.
I: You must bring a letter from the Foreign Press Center to DMV's Midtown Manhattan office.