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What You’ll Need When Applying for a Driver’s License

Date posted: 06/01/2012

by Melissa Crumish on
in License & Endoresements

392 What Youll Need When Applying for a Drivers LicenseState DMV transactions are extremely document-specific. This bears especially true when applying for a drivers license. Arrive without just one of the required documents and the DMV will reject your drivers license application. This means all of the DMV practice tests you took will go for naught – until, that is, you return with all required documents.

There are no exceptions.

Required Driver License Documents

Though exact driver license requirements and forms vary by state, you’ll need to provide all or some of the following. Be sure to check your state’s specific licensing requirements.

  • Proof of your full legal name. Most states will accept some form of photo ID bearing your signature.
  • Proof of state residence. Depending on your state, you will need to provide one or two forms of proof, confirming a physical address. PO (post office) boxes will not be accepted.
  • Proof of legal presence, identity, and date of birth. A birth certificate issued in the United States will suffice. Otherwise, your state will issue a list other acceptable documents.
  • Proof of your Social Security number. If you don’t have a Social Security number, you will need to provide evidence why you’re ineligible to own one.

All state DMV’s provide detailed lists of recognized documents. Only originals or certified copies will be accepted. DMV agents will not accept photocopies.

In addition to documents, bring proper payment. Don’t just assume you can pay with a wad of cash or your debit card. Call your DMV office and ask for the exact fees and which forms of payment are accepted.

Required Documents for the Driving Test

There are also specific requirements to follow on the day of your road test. Again, each state varies on this, but in general you will need to adhere to some or all of the following requirements when arriving for your license test:

  • Arrive at the designated driving test site with a licensed driver.
  • Provide a vehicle in good working condition, along with proof of car insurance and valid vehicle registration.
  • Have your permit with you (if applicable).

If you have any doubts on what to bring to the road test, call your DMV.

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