Required Identity Documents
(You will need items from each of the 4 categories below):
- Identity and date of birth
- Lawful status in the United States
- Social Security number
- Vermont residency and current residential address
Each applicant for a Learner's Permit, Operator's License, Junior Operator’s License, Commercial Driver’s License or Non-driver ID is required to show documentary proof of identity and date and place of birth. Proof of identity shall be one (1) source document from the following list. Documents must contain the full name and date of birth and must be verifiable, i.e., we must be able to contact the issuing agency to determine the authenticity of the document.
- Valid, unexpired U.S. passport.
- Certified copy of a birth certificate filed with a State Office of Vital Statistics or equivalent agency in the individual's State of birth.
- Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) issued by the U.S. Department of State, Form FS–240, DS–1350 or FS–545.
- Valid, unexpired Permanent Resident Card (Form I–551) issued by DHS or USCIS.
- Unexpired employment authorization document (EAD) issued by DHS, Form I–766 or Form I–688B.
- Unexpired foreign passport with a valid, unexpired U.S. visa affixed accompanied by the approved I-94 form documenting the applicant's most recent admittance into the United States.
- Certificate of Naturalization issued by DHS, Form N–550 or Form N–570.
- Certificate of Citizenship, Form N–560 or Form N–561, issued by DHS.
- Driver's license or identification card issued in compliance with the standards established by Real ID (cannot be expired more than one year).
- If name on license is/will be other than the name that appears on a primary source document (for example, through marriage, adoption, court order, or other mechanism permitted by State law or regulation), evidence of the name change through the presentation of documents issued by a court, governmental body or other entity as determined by the Commissioner is required. DMV will maintain copies of the documentation presented, and maintain a record of both the recorded name and the name on the primary source documents.
Additional documentation may be required at the department's discretion if documentation submitted is questionable or if there is reason to believe the person is not who s/he claims to be. Driver’s license personnel will determine if documents provided from this list are authentic, valid, and acceptable. Photocopies and faxes of documents will NOT be accepted.
The documents required for proof of identity and date of birth will also establish lawful status in the United States, provided the Vermont DMV is able to authenticate and verify the documents under existing and available verification systems.
The Vermont DMV uses a U.S. Department of Homeland Security program known as Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) to electronically verify immigration documents issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security or U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
- Proof of Lawful Presence must have a minimum of 30 days remaining
- Expiration date of Vermont Leaner Permit and/or Driver License: Expiration date will coincide with the expiration of valid legal status obtained from documentation provided.
The Puerto Rican government passed a law that went into effect on October 30, 2010, invalidating all Puerto Rican birth certificates issued prior to July 1, 2010. DMV only accepts Puerto Rican birth certificates issued on or after July 1, 2010 as primary evidence of U.S. citizenship.
To order a new birth certificate and for information on the Puerto Rican birth certificate law, please visit the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration website at:
If you are an undocumented Immigrant in the United States see this page.
If applying for an Enhanced Drivers License or ID (EDL) see Proof of US Citizenship on the EDL page.
The Vermont DMV must verify your SSN. Your name and date of birth will be verified with the Social Security Administration at the time of your application, through Social Security Online Verification (SSOLV). To document your SSN, present one of the following documents that contain your current name.
- Your Social Security card
- W-2 form
- Social Security Administration 1099 form
- Non-Social Security Administration 1099 form
- Pay stub with your name and Social Security number on it
Photocopies or faxes of these documents will NOT be accepted.
If you are a temporary foreign national not authorized for employment, you are required to present documentation from SSA verifying you are not eligible for a SSN; Vermont DMV will verify your USCIS number. If you are eligible for employment but do not have a SSN, you are required to obtain and present one. The Vermont DMV will not issue a DL or ID if you have less than 30 days of Lawful Presence remaining. The Vermont DMV will electronically verify your name, date of birth and SSN with the Social Security Administration. Make sure your document is up to date and accurate to avoid delay.
If you need to correct or update information at the SSA, do so several days before you apply for a DL or ID card. For information on how to do this, visit www.ssa.gov. Your SSN will not be listed on your DL or ID. The Vermont DMV will assign you a unique DL or ID number.
To prove Vermont residency, applicants must provide the following;
- Two pieces of mail with current name and street address.
If mail is not received at the street address, provide any two (2) of the following which show street address:
- Utility bill -- must list service address.
- Property tax bill with physical location.
- Lease or Landlord statement.
- Vermont EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) card or Vermont AIM (Advanced Information Management) identification card.
- Homeowners/Renters insurance (policy/proof of claim).
If the applicant resides with others and gets no mail at their street address:
- Complete Vermont Residency Certification and submit with application.
US Military, Active Duty:
- If residing in Vermont -- see above.
- If residing out-of-state -- military ID and proof Vermont is their residence in military records, such as Leave and Earnings Statement or orders.
- Parental Residency Affidavit and one (1) parent residency document from above.
- Parent/Guardian evidence of relationship to applicant.
This requirement pertains to new Licenses, Commercial Driver Licenses, Enhanced Driver Licenses or Non-Driver ID’s, however, upon renewal of an applicant’s Operator’s License, Commercial Driver’s License, Enhanced Driver’s License or Non-Driver ID, if the applicant has an out-of-state legal address, he or she is required to provide one of the above documents to prove Vermont residency.
The residential address you supply must be a street or highway address. It may not be a post office box. In areas where a number and street name have not been assigned, an address convention used by the U.S. Postal Service is acceptable (you may use a post office box as your mailing address).
Residency Requirements for a Vermont Learner’s Permit:
To prove Vermont residency, the applicant must provide the Department with one of the documents indicated above. If the applicant is a minor, the parent/guardian will be required to provide one of the residency documents.
If the applicant is not a Vermont resident, he/she may only obtain a Vermont Learner’s Permit for the purpose of participating in a driver education and training course. The applicant must provide the Department with one of the following:
- A letter from a school Guidance Counselor stating the student/applicant is to be enrolled in a driver education course, or
- A letter from a Driver Education School indicating the applicant/student is enrolled in a class.