A license is one of the most common ways you prove who you are. If you are a first-time applicant, applying for a REAL ID, or updating the information on your current credential, you must provide the required documentation. Click on the List of Acceptable Documents button below for a complete list of accepted documents, or take the IDocument Guide Quiz to create a customized list of documents to bring.
LIST OF VALID PROOF DOCUMENTS
HERE IS WHAT TO BRING WHEN APPLYING:
1. Proof of Identity Document
One (1) is required for both standard credentials and REAL ID. Proof can be a birth certificate, valid Passport, or Citizenship documents.
Proof of identity must be the original document, or a certified copy, with appropriate seal. No photocopies are accepted.
If you wish to obtain a certified copy of your birth certificate, contact the vital statistics agency in your birth state. Those born in Kentucky may contact the
Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics.
A current driver's license does not qualify as valid proof of identity.
2. Proof of Social Security Number
3. Proof of Residency
4. Proof of All Legal Identity Changes
If your current legal name, date of birth, or gender is different than what is displayed on your identity or lawful status document, you must show legal proof of the changes (such as marriage licenses, court orders, divorce papers, etc.)
To RENEW any standard credential, applicants can do so online, by mail or at any
Driver Licensing Regional office. To compare these options, click
Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents can apply for a REAL ID credential.
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Application information for non-U.S. citizens is also available.
WHAT IF I NEED TO UPDATE OR REPLACE MY DOCUMENTATION?
If your current legal name, date of birth, or gender is different than what is displayed on your identity or lawful status document, you must show legal proof of the changes (i.e., marriage license). For example, a woman may need to obtain her marriage license to validate the change from the maiden name listed on her birth certificate. If a name change is necessary, citizens should visit the Social Security office. Request a replacement Social Security card if necessary. If you wish to obtain a certified copy of your birth certificate, contact the appropriate agency in the state of your birth. Those born in Kentucky may contact the Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics.