Proof requirements for a permit, license or non-driver ID

If you plan on traveling

We recommend you come to the DMV now to get an Enhanced or REAL ID, and avoid a second office visit later. 1  Learn about Enhanced, REAL ID and Standard documents

 

Be prepared and know what to bring to the DMV office

Complete this guide to make sure you have the documents and proofs of identification you need.   

Find your proofs

 

Standard Permit, Driver License or Non-Driver ID Card

If you would like to apply for a Standard document that displays "NOT FOR FEDERAL PURPOSES", please review this information below. You will need 6 points of name, plus your proof of date of birth.

 

Acceptable proofs of name and date of birth (DOB) for Standard
DocumentPoint ValueDate of Birth?

U.S. or U.S. Territory Birth Certificate (original or certified) that shows your first and last name

  • Must be issued by a Board of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, or US State Dept.
  • U.S. 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 City of New York website.
0YES

Tribal Birth Certificate from a Federally recognized tribe, proving birth in the U.S.

0YES

U.S. DOS Consular Report of Birth Abroad (original or certified) (FS-240, DS-1350, F-545)

0YES

NY State Photo Driver License, Permit or Non-Driver ID Card (must be current or expired for less than two years)

6YES

U.S. Passport or Passport Card

4YES

Statement of Identity and/or Residence (pdf) (MV-45)  You can only use this if you are under age 21. The statement must be signed by parent or legal guardian in the presence of a DMV representative. Your parent or guardian must present 6 points of proof.

4NO

Statement of Identity and/or Residence for Applicants Represented by Government or Government-Approved Facilities (pdf) (MV-45A)

4NO

Statement of Identity for Applicants who can be Considered a Disenfranchised Homeless Youth (pdf) (MV-45B)

4NO

U.S. Military Photo ID Card (issued to active, reserve, and retired military personnel only)

3YES

Certificate of Citizenship (N-560, N-561 or N-645)

3YES

Certificate of Naturalization (N-550, N-570 or N-578)

3YES

Valid Employment Authorization Card (I-688B or I-766) with photo, issued by DHS

3YES

Permanent Resident Card (I-551)

3YES

Reentry Permit (I-327)

3YES

Refugee Travel Document (I-571)

3YES

Foreign Passport with a valid I-551 stamp or with a statement on the Visa (must be in English or translated by an embassy)

3YES

Foreign Passport with a Visa and a valid I-94 issued by DHS 
Must be in English or translated by an embassy. There are special requirements if your I-94 has a status code. 

  • F1 (student) or F2 (spouse or child of student), you must also show the original stamped DHS form I-20, with any subsequent I-20 and “notice of approval” (if appropriate). 
  • J1 (exchange visitor) or J2 (spouse or child of exchange visitor), you must also show the original stamped DHS form DS-2019 with any subsequent IAP-66 and “notice of approval” (if appropriate).
  • A1, A2, G1 or G3, you must 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.
Refugees and Asylees must submit paperwork to the Supervisor for approval.
3YES

NY State Benefit/Medicaid Card with photo

3NO

NY State Benefit/Medicaid Card without photo

2NO

NY State Interim License/Permit/Non-Driver ID without photo

2NO

NY State or NYC Pistol Permit

2NO

NY State Professional License

2NO

NY State Registration Document (vehicle or boat only)

2NO

NY State Certificate of Title

2NO

Photo Driver License/Permit/Non-Driver ID card issued by another U.S. State, jurisdictionCanadian Province or territory (must be current or expired no longer than 2 years)

2NO

St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Photo ID Card

2NO

Canadian Birth Certificate with St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Photo ID Card

2YES

U.S. Military Dependent ID Card

2NO

U.S. College Photo ID Card and Transcript

2NO

U.S. High School ID Card with Report Card

2NO

U.S. Marriage or Divorce Record OR Court Issued Name Change Decree

2NO

U.S. Social Security Card

2NO

U.S. Computer Printed Pay Stub (must have your name)

1NO

U.S. Employee ID Card

1NO

U.S. High School Diploma OR GED (General Equivalency Diploma)

1NO

U.S. Supermarket Check Cashing Card with signature and pre-printed name

1NO

U.S. Union Card

1NO

U.S. Health Insurance Card/Prescription Card (must show current proof of health insurance coverage)

1NO

U.S. Life Insurance Policy or Current Statement (in effect at least 2 years)

1NO

U.S. Utility Bill (must include your name and address)

1NO

Veterans Universal Access Photo ID Card

1NO

Federal or NY State Income Tax W-2 Form 

1NO

Only one of these items, if issued by the same financial institution, can be accepted

  • U.S. bank statement
  • U.S. cancelled check (must have your pre-printed name)
  • U.S. cash card (ATM) (must have your signature & pre-printed name)
  • Major U.S. credit card (must be valid)
1NO


Need help finding enough proofs of ID?

You may have more proof than you think. Here are some ideas for how you can gather enough proofs of ID.  

 

 

  • 1. Starting in October 2020, you will need an Enhanced or REAL ID to board a domestic flight (unless you have a passport). 


    If your license or permit was issued before October 30, 2017 and is not Enhanced, you have a Standard document.  

    Newly issued Standard license and permits state: 'NOT FOR FEDERAL PURPOSES