Virginia Driver's License Application Identification Requirements

To apply for a driver’s license, learner’s permit, or photo identification card, students younger than 18 years of age must appear in person and bring at least one form of identification. Identification documents must show the student’s complete name and date of birth, and must be original or duplicate documents issued by the federal or state government. No photocopies will be accepted. Additionally, hospital or souvenir birth certificates are not accepted. 

Proof of Social Security Number (if you have one)

  • Social security card 
  • W-2 tax form 
  • Previous year income tax return 
  • Payroll check or check stub 
  • Unexpired U.S. Military ID card 

Proof of Residency

The licensing office will accept the following documents as proof of residency. All documents must be written in English and show the applicant’s name and the street address of his/her primary residence as it appears on the application for license. A post office box is not acceptable. 

  • Payroll check or payroll stub issued by an employer within two months of the application 
  • Voter registration card 
  • U.S. Internal Revenue Service tax reporting W-2 form (not more than 18 months old) 
  • Bank statement (not checks) that is not more than two months old 
  • U.S. passport 
  • U.S. income tax return from the previous year 
  • State income tax return for the previous year 
  • State vehicle registration card or title 
  • Utility bills issued to applicant 
  • Current automobile or life insurance policy 
  • Transcript from a school, college or university in which the applicant is currently enrolled 
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