1 Most commonly used documents Obtaining a Virginia Proof of Social Security Number Social Security card (Individual Taxpayer Identification 1. Driver’s License or Numbers not accepted) .S. Internal Revenue Service tax reporting W-2 form U 2. Identification (ID) Card Payroll check stub issued by employer that shows full Social 3. Security number Primary Proof of Virginia Residency Deed, mortgage, monthly mortgage statement or 1. residential rental/lease agreement .S. Postal Service change of address confirmation form U 2. or postmarked U.S. mail with forwarding address label Utility bill, not more than two months old, issued to the 3. applicant (cell phone bills are not accepted) Secondary Proof of V irginia Residency 1. Postmarked mail displaying the applicant’s name and current address Official document or correspondence from a federal, 2. state, or local government agency displaying the applicant’s name and current address (DMV–issued documents without postmarked envelopes are not accepted) 3. Billing statement or other official document from a recognizable business displaying the applicant’s name and current address U. S. citizens Proof of Identification and Legal Presence 1. Official birth document issued by a U.S. state, jurisdiction or territory (birth documents issued by a hospital; notifications of birth registration; and P uerto Rico birth certificates issued before July 1, 2010 are not accepted) 2. alid, unexpired U.S. passport or U.S. passport card V (temporary passports are not accepted) 3. U .S. Certificate of Citizenship or Certificate of Naturalization Non-U.S. citizens Proof of Identification and Legal Presence Unexpired foreign passport with an unexpired U.S. visa 1. and unexpired I-94 or entry stamp 2. Unexpired Employment Authorization Document (I-766) AND USCIS form I-797 displaying applicant’s name (depending on the nature and purpose of the form, the Required Documents I-797 may not be accepted) ermanent Resident Card Unexpired P 3. One proof of identity One proof of legal presence Temporary documents and photocopies will not be accepted. Two proofs of Virginia residency All documents must be originals. All documents will be subject • Two from the primary list, or to verification with the issuing entity, which may delay the • One from the primary list and one from the secondary If you have official documentation, issuance of your credential. list not listed below, that you believe meets DMV requirements, One proof of your social security number, if you’ve been please present it to your local DMV office for review. issued one This list of acceptable documents may change without prior Current driver’s license if you are applying to exchange one notice. issued by another U.S. state, territory or jurisdiction for a Virginia driver’s license Note: You may redact (blackout/whiteout) your sensitive financial information.
2 • Virginia Certificate of Foreign Birth (Documents Your Name displaying the statement “Not evidence of U.S. Make sure your name appears the same on all proof citizenship” are not accepted) documents. If your middle name is not displayed, or only your • Valid, unexpired U.S. passport or U.S. passport card middle initial appears on some of your documents, they may (temporary passports are not accepted) If your still be accepted. Nicknames will not be accepted. U.S. Certificate of Naturalization (Form N-550 or Form • name appears differently on your proof documents, you will N-570) be asked to present additional documentation to connect • U.S. Certificate of Citizenship (Form N-560 or Form the names such as a marriage certificate, divorce decree or N-561) court order. ONE Unexpired foreign passport with • of the following: º Unexpired U.S. visa and unexpired I-94 or entry stamp. F1/F2 applicants must present an Proof of Identity I-20; J1/J2 applicants must present a DS-2019 º Unexpired I-94W Document(s) submitted as proof of identity must show your full Unexpired U.S. immigrant visa with temporary º legal name and date of birth. I-551 notation presented within one year of entry Unexpired I-551 stamp º Official birth document issued by a U.S. state, • Unexpired passport from Canada or Micronesia with an • jurisdiction or territory (birth documents issued by a unexpired I-94 or entry stamp (temporary passports are hospital and notifications of birth registration and Puerto not accepted) Rico birth certificates issued before July 1, 2010 are not USCIS form I-797 displaying the applicant’s name • accepted) (Depending on the purpose and nature of the • Valid, unexpired U.S. passport or U.S. passport card form, the I-797 may not be accepted. The I-797 for an (temporary passports are not accepted) I-765 application is not accepted.) • Unexpired foreign passport with ONE of the following: Unexpired Permanent Resident card • Unexpired U.S. visa and unexpired or expired º Unexpired temporary I-551 stamp on an I-94, with • I-94 or entry stamp photograph of the bearer º Unexpired I-551 stamp on a foreign passport, an Consular Report of Birth Abroad (FS-240) • unexpired or expired U.S. immigration Certification of Report of Birth of a U.S. Citizen (DS- • visa, or an I-94 1350) • Unexpired Employment Authorization Document (EAD- Certificate of Birth Abroad (FS-545) • Form I-766) Canal Zone Government Certificate of Live Birth • • Consular Report of Birth Abroad (FS-240) (Panama Canal Zone) issued between February 26, Certificate of Birth Abroad (FS-545) • 1904 and October 1, 1979 when presented with proof Certification of Report of Birth of a U.S. Citizen (DS- • of the holder’s parent(s)’ U.S. citizenship at the time of 1350) the birth • U.S. Certificate of Naturalization (Form N-550 or Form U.S. Citizen Identification card (I-179, I-197) • N-570) Unexpired Re-entry Permit (I-327) • U.S. Certificate of Citizenship (Form N-560 or Form • Unexpired Refugee Travel Document (I-571) • N-561) Form I-94 Record of Arrival and Departure stamped • • Valid, unexpired permanent resident card (Form I-551) Refugee REAL ID compliant driver’s license or ID card • Official letter from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration • Services (USCIS) or U.S. Immigration and Customs Proof of Legal Presence Documents Enforcement (ICE) indicating one of the following: the applicant’s application for adjustment of º All first time applicants must present proof of legal presence. status to lawful permanent resident has Applicants whose Virginia credential has expired or been been reopened and restored to a pending status suspended, revoked or canceled will need to provide proof the applicant’s application for temporary º of legal presence prior to obtaining a new license or ID card. protected status has been received and a Documents presented as proof of legal presence must show duplicate notice cannot be issued your full legal name and date of birth. If the name on your º the applicant has been granted deferred action legal presence document does not match the name you expect (during period of deferred action) to use on your driver’s license or ID card, you will need to • Asylees may present documentation from the United present evidence of your legal name change. States Citizenship and Immigration Service or U.S. Immigration Court such as a Form I-94 stamped Asylee Official birth document issued by a U.S. state, • indicating that asylum has been granted. jurisdiction or territory (birth documents issued by a • Applicants for asylum may present an application for hospital and notifications of birth registration and Puerto asylum along with documentation from the United Rico birth certificates issued before July 1, 2010 are not States Citizenship and Immigration Service or U.S. accepted) Immigration Court indicating receipt of the application.
3 Receipt for personal property taxes or real estate taxes • Proof of Virginia Residency paid within the last year to the Commonwealth of Virginia or a Virginia locality You must present at least one document from the primary list Annual social security statement for the current or • of residency documents. The second proof of residency may preceding calendar year come from either the primary list or the secondary list. Original • Current homeowners insurance policy or bill documents must show your name and the address of your • Current automobile or life insurance bill (cards or current Virginia residence as it appears on the application. policies are not accepted Documents printed from an online account may be accepted. Medical or dental bill issued within the last two months • You must give a street address. A post office box or business • Virginia Offender Information Form address is not accepted. Approved Homeless Shelter Agreement • However, if you do not want your address of residence to Active duty military member assigned to a unit based in appear on your driver’s license or ID card, you may request Virginia may present one of the following: that an alternate mailing address be displayed. This address must also be in Virginia and must be an address where you • Letter from commanding officer on official letterhead, currently receive mail delivered by the U.S. Postal Service. with an original signature, stating that the applicant If you change your residence or alternate mailing address resides onboard a ship docked in Virginia or in a to one outside Virginia, your driver’s license or ID card will barracks located in Virginia be canceled. Exceptions may be made for some individuals Orders from the U.S. military assigning the applicant to • such as active duty military personnel and Virginia residents a military unit with a Virginia address employed outside the U.S. (see publication DMV 143 • Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) displaying Virginia Re-Establishing your Virginia Residency) as applicant’s home of record Applicants under age 19 can have a parent or legal guardian Secondary Proof of Virginia Residency Documents certify their Virginia residency. The parent or legal guardian must appear in person with the applicant and show proof of • Postmarked mail displaying the applicant’s name and identification and two proofs of Virginia residency from the current address residency list. Official correspondence from a federal, state, or local • government agency displaying the applicant’s name Primary Proof of Virginia Residency Documents and current address (DMV issued documents without postmarked envelopes are not accepted) • Deed, mortgage, monthly mortgage statement or Billing statement or other official document from a • recognizable business or government agency displaying residential rental/lease agreement the applicant’s name and current address U.S. Postal Service change of address confirmation form • or postmarked U.S. mail with forwarding address label • Virginia voter registration card mailed to you by your Proof of Social Security Number local registrar • Virginia driver’s license, commercial driver’s license, Virginia law requires DMV to collect your social security learner’s permit, or DMV-issued ID card displaying number (SSN); however, your SSN will not be displayed on the applicant’s current Virginia address (unexpired or your Virginia credential. DMV will assign a customer number expired for no more than one year) which will display on your credential. Cancelled check not more than two months old • displaying the applicant’s name and address (voided The proof of SSN document you submit must display your checks are not accepted) name, and all nine digits of your SSN. Certified copy of school records/transcript or official • report card issued within the last year by a school • Social security card (individual Taxpayer Identification accredited by a U.S. state, jurisdiction or territory Numbers are not accepted) Virginia Department of Education Certificate of • • W-2 form Enrollment form • Payroll check stub issued by employer that shows full Utility bill, not more than two months old, issued • Social Security number to applicant. Examples include gas, electric, sewer, SSA-1099 form • water, cable or phone bill. (cellular phone bills are not • Non-SSA-1099 form accepted) Monthly bank or credit card statement not more than • Proof of Name Change two months old Payroll check stub issued by an employer within the last • If the name listed on your proof of identity document does not two months match the name you want to appear on your driver’s license or U.S. Internal Revenue Service tax reporting W-2 form or • ID card you will need to present document(s) that connect the 1099 form not more than 18 months old name on the identity document to your current full legal name.
4 If you currently hold a valid Virginia driver’s license or ID card, Veteran Indicator you must present it along with one of the documents listed If you are a veteran, you may be eligible to add a veteran below for proof of your name change. If you cannot present indicator to your Virginia driver’s license, commercial driver's your Virginia issued credential, you must present one proof of license, learner's permit or identification card. This indicator identity from the primary document list in addition to one of can serve as proof of veteran status to receive discounts from the documents listed below as proof of name change. retailers and restaurants. For information on which retailers and restaurants offer discounts for veterans, visit the Virginia • Marriage certificate (including same-sex marriage Department of Veterans Services (DVS) website at www.dvs. certificates) Note: Civil union documents and marriage virginia.gov. licenses are not accepted • Divorce decree if the decree states the change from To be eligible for the veteran indicator, you must have served married name to maiden name in the U.S. Armed Forces and received an honorable or Court order granting the name change • general discharge; hold an unexpired Virginia driver's license, commercial driver's license, learner's permit or DMV-issued ID Issuance card or be applying for one; and present DMV with a copy of a document (or combination of documents) that indicate branch You may hold either a driver’s license or an ID card, but not of service, discharge date, and discharge status. both. Acceptable documents to prove veteran status include: Applicants that have successfully completed the driver’s license • DD-214 or ID card process will be issued either a temporary driving • DD 256 permit (valid for 30 days) or an ID card receipt. You will WD AGO • receive your new driver’s license or ID card in the mail within • NGB 22 7-10 days. Therefore, your address on file with DMV must be • Military Retiree Card (DD-2) your current mailing address. The U. S. Postal Service will not forward your credential. For full eligibility requirements, visit www.dmvNOW.com/military. In accordance with Va. Code §46.2-328.1, the following are eligible to apply for a driver’s license or ID card: • Citizens of the United States • Legal Permanent Residents of the United States Conditional Resident Aliens of the United States • • Holders of a valid, unexpired nonimmigrant visa status • Individuals with a pending or approved application for asylum in the United States • Refugees Individuals with a pending or approved application for • temporary protected status in the United States • Individuals with approved deferred action status Individuals with a pending application for adjustment of • status to legal permanent resident status or conditional resident status All first time licenses issued to individuals under age 18 will be sent to the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court in your locality. The court will then notify you when and where to report for your licensing ceremony. A parent or guardian must attend the ceremony with you if you are under age 18 on the date of the ceremony. After completion of the ceremony, the court will distribute the license to you. DMV 141 (12/03/2018) © The Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) 2018. All rights reserved.