How to apply for a 'Standard' license without a Social Security Number or ineligibility letter

You need a Social Security Card or Ineligibility letter to apply for REAL ID compliant license or permit

To apply for a New York State license or permit that is Real ID compliant, you must provide either

  • your Social Security Card, or
  • a letter from the Social Security Administration issued within the past 30 days stating that you are ineligible for a Social Security Number

Without this proof, we can not issue you a Real ID license. 


You can apply for a 'Standard' license or permit without a Social Security Card or ineligibility letter

Under New York's Green Light lawpeople age 16 and older can apply for a 'Standard,' not for federal purpose, non-commercial driver license or learner permit regardless of their citizenship or lawful status in the United States.

You can use the document guide to find out what your need to bring to DMV to apply for a 'Standard' license or permit in New York State.


Find what you need for a Standard Permit or License