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State by State Drivers Licenses

State by State Drivers Licenses

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Updated September 5, 2012
State Driver’s License Requirements
 
The following chart looks at whether each state’s document requirements for a driver’s license can be satisfied with a grant 
of deferred action, documentsobtainable through a grant of deferred action, and other documents that DACA beneficiaries are likely to have. The information was gathered from the
individual state’s website.
Statutes or other information was not consulted. Please be mindful that websites can be outdated or mistaken, and to follow upwith individ
ual state’s departments.
 
Explanation of Chart:StateRequirements for
Driver’s License
Documents Accepted as Proof for Each Criteria
(Documents from each state’ list that can be
obtained with a grant of deferred action oris likely for a DACA beneficiary to have)
Document RequirementsSpecific toMinorsNotesLinks
(Document Lists)
 
Fifty states andDistrict of Columbia
 
Criteria that must be provenin order toreceive a
driver’s license.
 
Does not includerequirements such asapplication,application fees,insurance, permits,driving tests, etc., that would not beimpacted byimmigration status.
 
Criterion that must be proven in order to
receive driver’s license
 
(Acceptable documents to prove each criterion
from state’s website)
 In parentheses below the criteria are documents that are acceptable as proof for each criterion. Documentsincluded are those that can be obtained through agrant of deferred action (e.g. Employment Authorization Document, Social Security Card) as wellas documents that DACA beneficiaries are likely tohave (e.g. school ID, transcripts, birth certificates).In some states, the applicant must be able to providetwo or more documents from a designated list of documents to establish specific criteria, such asidentity.Specificdocument requirements forindividualsunder a certainage.
Does not includerequirements such
as learner’s permit,
parental consent*,etc.*Parental consent-For minors,parents or legalguardians arerequired to sign anotarized consent form, or toaccompany theminor to thedriving testing site.Parent/legalguardian will haveto showdocuments toprove theiridentity.
Notes on any restrictions ondocuments, limited term of licenses, deferred action.Link to
state’s
website
 AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 12090547. (Posted 09/05/12)
 
EAD- Employment Authorization Document DA- Deferred Action SSN- Social Security Number SSC-Social Security Card SSA- Social Security Administration DOB- Date of Birth DL-
Driver’s license
 Updated September 5, 2012
StateRequirements for
Driver’s License
Documents Accepted as Proof for Each Criteria
(Documents from each state’ list that can be
obtained with a grant of deferred action oris likely for a DACA beneficiary to have)
Document RequirementsSpecific toMinors
 
NotesLinks
(Document Lists)
 
 Alabama
 
Identification
 
Proof of SSN
 
Residency
 
Identification
(2 documents required)(EAD, foreign passport*)
 
Proof of SSN
(W-2, Social Security Card)
 
Residency
 (Residency documents not listed on website)
Under 19:
 
Certificate of graduation,GEDcertificate, orletter of enrollment *Passport required as a primarydocument for non-citizens to proveIdentification:
“Valid foreign passport with valid U.S.immigration document” 
 
**Limited Term license- license willexpire when lawfulpresence/authorized stay document expires
 Alaska
 
Legal Name &DOB
 
Proof of SSN
 
Residency
 
Legal name & DOB
(2 documents required)(Passport*, Employee ID, School ID, IRS/State taxform)
 
Proof of SSN
 (SSC, IRS/SSA document with SSN)
 
Residency
 (Pay stubs, Bank statement, Utility bill)
*Passport required as a primarydocument for non-citizens to proveLegal Name & DOB:
"Passport issued  from another country, with appropriateimmigration documents" 
; EAD is not listed as an acceptable document forLegal Name & DOB
 Arizona
 
Identification & Age
 
Proof of SSN
 
Residency
 
Identification & Age
(2 documents required)(EAD*, SSC, W-2, Employee ID, Bank Card, Credit Card, School ID, )
 
Proof of SSN
(SSC, W-2)
 
Residency
(Residency documents not listed on website)
* At least one primary document required. EAD accepted as a primaryidentification document.**Limited Term license- license willexpire when lawfulpresence/authorized stay document expires
 Arkansas
 
Identity
 
Legal presence
 
SSN (orineligibility)
 
Residency
 
Identity
(2 documents required)(Passport*, Work ID, School ID, School Transcript,IRS/State Tax forms)
 
Legal presence
(EAD/Deferred Action is not listed, but a "
PhotoDocument from DHS 
" is accepted)
 
 
SSN (or ineligibility)
(SSN Documents not listed on website)
 
Residency
(Residency documents not listed on website)
Under 18:
 
BirthCertificate
 
Proof of SchoolEnrollment 
 
GPA of at least 2.0*Passport required as a primarydocument for non-citizens to proveIdentity,
“Valid passport. If foreign,
appropriate INS document is alsorequired 
;” EAD not listed as proof of 
Identity**Limited Term license- license willexpire when lawfulpresence/authorized stay document expires
 AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 12090547. (Posted 09/05/12)
 
EAD- Employment Authorization Document DA- Deferred Action SSN- Social Security Number SSC-Social Security Card SSA- Social Security Administration DOB- Date of Birth DL-
Driver’s license
 Updated September 5, 2012
StateRequirements for
Driver’s License
Documents Accepted as Proof for Each Criteria
(Documents from each state’ list that can be
obtained with a grant of deferred action oris likely for a DACA beneficiary to have)
Document RequirementsSpecific toMinors
 
NotesLinks
(Document Lists)
 
California
 
DOB and legalpresence
 
Proof of SSN
 
Residency
 
DOB & legal presence
(EAD)
 
Proof of SSN
(SSC)
 
Residency
 (Residency documents not listed on website)
**Limited Term license- license willexpire when lawfulpresence/authorized stay document expires
 
Colorado
 
Identity
 
 Age
 
Legal name
 
Lawful Presence
 
Residency
 
SSN
 
Identity
(EAD)
 
 Age
(EAD, US School record less than 12 months old)
 
Legal name
(EAD)
 
Lawful Presence
(EAD, SSC)
 
SSN
(SSC)
 
 
Residency
(Pay stubs, School transcript, Tax document, Rent receipt, Phone bill)
 
**Limited Term license- license willexpire when lawfulpresence/authorized stay document expires
 
Connecticut 
 
Identity
 
SSN
 
Legal Presence
 
Residency
 
Identity
(2 documents required)
 
(Passport w/ a U.S. visa and I-94*, SSC,State/Federal Employee ID, Baptismal certificate,marriage license, School transcript)
 
SSN
(SSC, W-2)
 
Legal Presence
(EAD)
 
Residency
(2 documents required)
 
(Pay stubs, first-class mail, W-2, bank statement,School records showing enrollment)
 
*Passport required as a primarydocument to prove Identity: "
ForeignPassport w/a U.S. Visa and I-
94” 
 ;
EADnot listed as an acceptable document toprove Identity.**Applicant will not qualify for a
driver’s license
if length of legalpresence unknown or expires before afull license term
 AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 12090547. (Posted 09/05/12)

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