Getting turned away at your appointment because of a lack of paperwork can be frustrating! Here's the lowdown on the identification documents required for your DMV appointment to get a REAL ID or Driver's License.

What do you need to get your driver's license as a US citizen?

  • State ID, or

  • State-issued driver's license, or

  • Passport

2. Social Security Number (SSN)

  • Social Security Card

3. Proof of California Residency

You will need at least 2 pieces of documents, which can be made up of:

  • Mortgage or utility bills (includes mobile phone bills)

  • Rental or lease agreement

4. $35 application fee (for Class C license), or $30 application fee (for a state ID)

  • In debit or cash; credit cards are not accepted

  • Name change document (adoption, etc.) that contains legal name before and after the name change

  • Marriage certificate 

  • Dissolution of marriage document that contains the new legal name

Other Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is a REAL ID?

The REAL ID is an enhanced security identification document that will be needed to fly domestically from 2020. Everyone will need to get a REAL ID for federal-level identification.

Can I convert my driver's license issued from another state?

Unfortunately not. To get a California Driver's License, you will need to apply for a driver's license and take both the written and road test*.

*The road test may be waived, at the DMV's discretion, if your Driver's License is from out-of-state

I'm not interested in a driver's license, can I get just a California state ID?

Yes, you can get a California state ID which can act as a form of photo, age, and name verification. 

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