DMV Document Checklist From blog: DMV Document Checklist From

Whenever you visit the DMV, the chances are likely that you will need to bring in certain documentation. However, oftentimes, we visit the DMV for one reason or another and wait in line just to find that we are unprepared when the clerk calls for us. Did you forget to bring a certified piece of mail with your home address to prove your residency? Or, perhaps you did not know that your birth certificate was needed to prove your identity. Whatever the case may be, the team at is here to make sure these situations never happen again. Be prepared for your next DMV visit, and every visit thereafter, thanks to our handy DMV Document Checklist provided below.

When you visit the DMV, the team reminds you to bring the designated items listed on our checklist. Keep in mind that all DMV requirements vary by state and the service that needs fulfillment. For example, some states require two proof-of-residency documents in order to change the address on your driving license. In any case, it is better to arrive prepared for any request.

The following transactions require one or more of the categorical items on our checklist: applying for a learner’s permit or a first-time driver’s license, driver’s license replacement, renewal of a driver’s license, a name change on a driver’s license and an address change on a driving license.

The team notes that each DMV may require drivers to present one or more of the following items per category for designated transactions:

  • Proof of your identity:
    • A certified U.S. birth certificate
    • A Consular Report of Birth Abroad
    • A valid U.S. passport or a passport card
    • A Certificate of Naturalization
    • A Certificate of Citizenship
    • A permanent resident card
    • An unexpired foreign passport with valid stamps authorizing your residency in the U.S.
  • Proof of your Social Security Number:
    • An official Social Security card
    • A recent paycheck or paystub
    • A W-2 tax form
    • A 1099 tax form
    • An SSA-1099 form
  • Proof of your residential address
    • A vehicle registration or a vehicle title
    • A Voter Registration Card
    • A boat registration or a boat title
    • A deed or a mortgage document, or a residential rental/lease agreement
    • A recent work order related to your home
    • A recent utility bill (cable, internet, electric, water, sewage)
    • Insurance statements (health, life, auto, homeowner’s/renter’s)
    • An IRS-issued tax form
    • Mail from credit card companies and banking institutions
    • Official government mail
    • An official letter from a homeless shelter, a halfway house or a transitional institution
    • Documents from an educational institution
  • Proof of legal name change
    • A marriage license
    • A divorce certificate
    • A court-ordered name change document (such as an adoption record)