Washington DC

Driver License Requirements in Washington DC


Driver License

Applying for a REAL ID Driver License

To obtain a REAL ID driver license you will be required to pass a knowledge test, skills road test and meet eligibility requirements. If you do not currently possess a driver license from DC or another jurisdiction, you will be issued a REAL ID learner permit after taking and passing the knowledge test. You may not obtain a DC REAL ID driver license while maintaining a valid driver license from another jurisdiction. A REAL ID driver license is valid for up to 8 years for US citizens, and this period may vary for non-US citizens according to the US duration of stay.

Required Documents

In order to obtain a DC REAL ID driver license, you must bring with you a list of required documents and be prepared to pay the applicable fees. The following must be satisfied:

1) Proof of Identity.
2) Proof of DC Residency.
3) Proof of Social Security Number.
4) Proof of Parental Approval (if applicant is 16 or 17 years old).
5) No outstanding debts to DC or unpaid fines for moving traffic violations in other jurisdictions.

DMV Locations

To obtain a REAL ID driver license or learner permit, you may visit any DMV location except Adjudication Services, Brentwood Road Test Office and Inspection Station.

Steps

1) Complete the Driver License Application [PDF].
2) Provide the required documents.
3) Take and pass a vision screening.
4) Take and pass a knowledge test and road skills test.
5) Pay the appropriate fees.
6) Obtain your Paper REAL ID learner permit/driver license.
7) All driver licenses are mailed.
8) Take a digital photograph.

Applying for a REAL ID Driver License with Out of Country Driver License

Non-US Citizens who possesses an unexpired Out-of-Country driver license may be eligible for a DC REAL ID driver license, if they meet eligibility requirements. A licensed driver who moves to DC from another country is required to obtain a DC driver license, if residing in DC for more than 30 days and is not in the US on visiting visa. If you possess a valid out-of-country driver license, you will be required to take and pass the driver knowledge test prior to obtaining a DC REAL ID driver license.

You will be allowed to keep your out-of-country driver license along with your DC REAL ID driver license. The DMV does not accept International Driver Licenses as proof of ability to drive. If you possess a non-English language driver license from a foreign country, you must attach an English translation from your embassy or from a certified translator. The embassy translation must be on official embassy letterhead. The date of the translation must be on or after the actual date of the non-English language driver license. Certified translator copies must have a certification stamp.

Required Documents

1) Proof of Identity.
2) Proof of DC Residency.
3) Proof of Social Security Number.
4) Proof of Ability to Drive.
5) Proof of Parental Approval (if applicant is 16 or 17 years old).

DMV Locations

To obtain a REAL ID driver license or learner permit, you may visit any DMV location except Adjudication Services, Brentwood Road Test Office and Inspection Station.

Steps

1) Complete the Driver License Application [PDF].
2) Provide the required documents.
3) Take and pass a vision screening.
4) Take and pass a knowledge test.
5) Pay the appropriate fees.
6) Obtain your Paper REAL ID driver license.
7) All driver licenses are mailed.
8) Take a digital photograph.

Applying for a Limited Purpose Driver License

Applicants must have never been issued a social security number; or previously been issued a social security number but cannot establish legal presence in the United States at the time of application; or not be eligible for a social security number. To obtain a Limited Purpose driver license you will be required to take and pass a knowledge test, skills road test and meet eligibility requirements. Applicants must be a DC resident for at least 6 months from the date of application.

You must schedule an appointment to obtain a Limited Purpose driver license. Prior to your DMV appointment, be sure to study and review the Driver Manual because you will be required to take a knowledge test. If you fail the knowledge test, you will be required to make another appointment.

Required Documents

1) Proof of Identity.
2) Proof of DC Residency.
3) Proof of 6-Month DC Residency.
4) Proof of Parental Approval (if applicant is 16 or 17 years old).
5) No outstanding debts to DC or unpaid fines for moving traffic violations in other jurisdictions.

DMV Locations

To obtain a REAL ID driver license or learner permit, you may visit any DMV location except Adjudication Services, Brentwood Road Test Office and Inspection Station.

Steps

1) Complete the Driver License Application [PDF].
2) Complete the SSN Declaration Form [PDF].
3) Provide the required documents.
4) Take and pass a vision screening.
5) Take and pass a knowledge test and road skills test.
6) Pay the appropriate fees.
7) Obtain your Paper REAL ID learner permit/driver license.
8) All driver licenses are mailed.
9) Take a digital photograph.

Proof of Identity - Full Legal Name and Date of Birth

An individual applying for a REAL ID Driver License or REAL ID Identification Card must provide one (1) document from the list below:

Driver LicenseU.S. birth certificate or birth certification card.
Driver LicenseUnexpired U.S. Passport or Passport Card.
Driver LicenseCertificate of Naturalization.
Driver LicenseCertificate of U.S. Citizenship.
Driver LicenseConsular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) issued by the U.S. Department of State.
Driver LicenseUnexpired Foreign Passport w/visa and I-94 reflecting duration of stay.
Driver LicenseUnexpired Foreign Passport w/visa (classification F), I-94 and I-20,
Driver LicenseUnexpired Foreign Passport w/visa (classification J), I-94 and DS-2019,
Driver License Unexpired Employment Authorization Card,
Driver LicenseUnexpired Permanent Resident Card.
Driver LicenseI-94 stamped Asylee and Asylum Approval Letter.
Driver LicenseI-94 stamped Refugee.
Driver LicenseUnexpired Foreign Passport w/visa (classification A and G), I-94, and U.S. State Department Letter (reflecting no diplomatic immunity).
Driver LicenseValid REAL ID driver license, learner permit, or identification card (only if REAL ID credential is issued to U.S. Citizens; immigration documents necessary for those U.S. residents with lawful status).

Proof of DC Residency

First time DC applicants must be a resident for at least 6 months. You must provide two (2) documents showing a valid DC address (P.O. Boxes are not acceptable) to satisfy proof of current DC residency, such as:

Driver LicenseUtility bill (Water, Gas, Electric, Oil, or Cable) with name and address, issued within the last 60 days.
Driver LicenseTelephone bill (cell phone, wireless or pager bills acceptable) reflecting applicant's name and current address, issued within the last 60 days.
Driver LicenseDeed, mortgage or settlement agreement reflecting applicant's name and property address issued within the last 60 days.
Driver LicenseUnexpired lease or rental agreement with the name of the applicant listed as the lessee, permitted resident or renter (may be a photocopy).
Driver LicenseDC Property Tax bill issued within the last 12 months reflecting the applicant's name and property address.
Driver LicenseUnexpired homeowner's or renter’s insurance policy reflecting name and address.
Driver LicenseLetter with picture from Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA) or DC Department of Corrections (DC DOC) certifying name and DC residency issued within the last 60 days.
Driver LicenseDC DMV Proof of Residency Form signed by the person owning the residence AND a copy of this person's unexpired DC driver license or DC identification card AND two of the sources listed above (i.e. Utility bill, telephone bill, etc.) in the person owning the residence’s name.
Driver LicenseBank Statement issued within the last 60 days reflecting name and address (only checking and savings accounts; credit card and money market statements not accepted).
Driver LicenseOfficial Mail – received from a Federal or DC Agency (with full name and address) to include contents and envelope (received within the last 60 days), excluding mail from the DC DMV.
Driver LicenseDC DMV Approved Form from Certified Social Service Provider.

Proof of Social Security Number

You must provide one (1) document from the list below:

Driver LicenseSocial Security Card bearing applicant's name full name, SSN, and signature.
Driver LicensePay statement reflecting full name and full SSN.
Driver LicenseW-2 (wage and tax statement) reflecting full name and full SSN.
Driver License1099 Form reflecting full name and full SSN.
Driver LicenseSocial Security Administration verification printout reflecting full name and full SSN (SSA indicates SSN printouts will not be issued effective August 2014).

Proof of Parent Approval

If applicant is 16 or 17 years old, a completed parental consent form is required to obtain a Learner Permit. The following forms are in PDF format.

Drivers LicenseParental Consent Form (English)
Drivers LicenseParental Consent Form (Spanish)
Drivers LicenseParental Consent Form (Amharic)
Drivers LicenseParental Consent Form (French)
Drivers LicenseParental Consent Form (Vietnamese)
Drivers LicenseParental Consent Form (Chinese)
Drivers LicenseParental Consent Form (Korean)

Proof of 6-Month DC Residency

You must complete the 6-Month DC Residency Certification [PDF] and provide two (2) documents containing a valid DC address dated at least 6 months prior from the following list:

Driver LicenseUtility bill (Water, Gas, Electric, Oil, or Cable) with name and address (disconnect notices/bills not accepted).
Driver LicenseTelephone bill (cell phone, wireless or pager bills acceptable) reflecting applicant's name and address (disconnect notices/bills not accepted).
Driver LicenseDeed, mortgage or settlement agreement reflecting applicant's name and property address.
Driver LicenseUnexpired lease or rental agreement with the name of the applicant listed as the lessee, permitted resident or renter (may be a photocopy) DC Property Tax bill.
Driver LicenseUnexpired homeowner's or renter’s insurance policy reflecting name and address.
Driver LicenseDC DMV Proof of Residency Form signed by the person owning the residence AND a copy of this person's unexpired DC driver license or DC identification card AND two (2) of the sources listed above (i.e. Utility bill, telephone bill, etc.) in the person owning the residence’s name dated at least 6 months prior.
Driver LicenseBank Statement reflecting full name and address (only checking and savings accounts; credit card and money market statements not accepted).
Driver LicenseFirst class or priority mail from a Federal, State, or Local Government agency (with full name and address) to include contents and envelope, excluding mail from the DC DMV.
Driver License*DC DMV Approved Form from Certified Social Service Provider.

 

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