New Requirement for First-Time Driver's License Applicants

New applicants will now need to present two forms of identification proving residency

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will be adding a new requirement for all first-time driver’s license or identification card applicants starting next month.

As of July 1, 2016, the DMV will require applicants to provide two forms of identification proving California residency, instead of just one.

Acceptable documents to prove California residency include:

  • Rental or lease agreement with the signature of the owner/landlord and the tenant/resident
  • Deed or title to residential real property
  • Mortgage bill
  • Home utility bills (including cellular phone)
  • Medical documents
  • Employee documents

The new requirement applies to all first-time applicants, including commercial, motorcycle and Class C.

It does not apply to people renewing their license, applying for a duplicate or a correction to their current card.

Right now applicants are required to present one form of I.D. to prove residency.

Go to the DMV’s website for a full list of accepted documents.

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