1. Proof of Age and Identity
Driver’s license examiners are required by law to verify your age and identity before issuing you a driver’s license or ID card. If you have a valid state-issued driver’s license or state-issued ID card (with photo) to surrender that contains your full legal name and date of birth, that will be sufficient to prove age and identity. Photocopies or faxes of these documents will not be accepted.
If you do not have a valid state-issued driver’s license or state-issued ID card (with photo), you will need to provide a U.S. certified birth certificate and
an acceptable photo identity document from Table 1 below. If the birth certificate does not match your current name (such as maiden name vs. married name) a secondary document, such as a marriage certificate, from Table 2 below will be needed.
Note: “Foreign Nationals” can provide a foreign passport in lieu of the U.S. certified birth certificate. In compliance with the National Driver’s License Agreement, the foreign passport is the only acceptable document to provide proof of legal name and date of birth. To establish identity a foreign national will need a valid foreign passport and acceptable lawful presence document.
|Table 1 - Acceptable Photo Identity Documents (other than state-issued driver’s licenses and IDs)
- Acceptable valid Department of Homeland Security (DHS) photocard/document
- U.S. Military ID card or U.S. Retired Military card
- U.S. Military Dependent’s card
- U.S. Passport or U.S. Passport card
- Original citizenship/naturalization document
- Foreign passport
- Concealed Weapons Permit issued by the state of Idaho not expired for one year or more
- Veteran’s Universal Access Card, with photo
- Native American ID card, with photo
Table 2 below contains acceptable secondary documents that can be used to assist
in confirming your identity. Secondary documents alone
are not sufficient. These documents must contain your name and enough information to establish proof of all or part of what is contained on the primary document from Table 1 above.
|Table 2 – Acceptable Secondary Identity Documents
- Certified court name change document
- Certified marriage certificate meeting Idaho standards with seal and document number showing that it was recorded
- Certified divorce document from a court or state vital records
- Guardianship or custody documents, notarized or court certified
- Junior or senior high school (not college or university) photo card
- Junior or senior high school, college or military yearbook/annual
- U.S. Military discharge paper (Form # DD214)
- Idaho Department of Corrections photo ID card
- Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections photo ID card
Either the primary document from Table 1 or the secondary document from Table 2 must contain a photo of you.
All documents submitted must be acceptable to the examiner or the Idaho Transportation Department.
2. Social Security Card or Number for Verification
Bring your Social Security Number or the original card issued by the Social Security Administration. Your Social Security Number will be verified. It will not be printed on your Idaho driver’s license or ID card.
If you do not have a Social Security Number, you may still apply for a driver’s license or ID card if you provide a letter from the Social Security Administration stating that you do not have a Social Security Number. You will be required to provide proof of lawful presence in the United States.
3. Proof of Idaho Residency
You must reside inside Idaho’s borders to be issued an Idaho driver’s license or ID card. You will be required to show proof of residency with documents such as lease or rental agreements, utility bills, employment records, school enrollment records, etc. Your home address (where you live) cannot be your workplace, vacation residence, or a part-time residence.
4. Acceptable Lawful Presence Documents (if applicable)
Individuals who are not lawfully present in the United States are not eligible for an Idaho driver’s license or ID card. Proof of lawful presence may be required for a new issuance or renewal, if you have not previously provided proof of U.S. citizenship or ITD does not have record of it. Acceptable lawful presence documents include:
- Certified original U.S. Birth Certificate
- Certificate of Birth Abroad
- Original Certificate of Naturalization/Citizenship
- Permanent Resident card or Resident-Alien Card
- Employment Authorization card
- Valid Foreign passport and I-94 (Arrival/Departure record)
If you are not a citizen or permanent legal resident of the United States the expiration date on your driver’s license will be the same date as your end of lawful stay in the United States as indicated on your documents issued by the Department of Homeland Security or four years, whichever is less. If your Department of Homeland Security documents do not show an expiration date, the expiration date on the driver’s license will be one year from the date of issuance of the driver’s license.
5. Other State or Foreign Driver’s License (if applicable)
If you are a foreign driver from any country other than Mexico or Canada, holding a temporary work visa for the United States, you may apply for an Idaho non-resident commercial instruction permit or CDL, and you do not have to surrender your home country license. If you become a permanent legal resident or citizen of the United States and resident of Idaho, you must surrender the non-resident CDL and any other licenses to receive a regular CDL without retesting unless you are upgrading your CDL or are adding endorsements.
If you are from Canada or Mexico you are not allowed to purchase a non-resident CDL. Canadian and Mexican CDL holders are only required to surrender their license if they change their permanent residence from their country of origin to the United States. If they reside in Idaho they can apply for an Idaho CDL. In order to comply with the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) requirements, if the license you are surrendering was issued in Mexico or Canada you must provide a driving record no older than 30 days.
– If you are applying for an Idaho Class D (non-commercial) driver’s license and have not been issued a CDL in any jurisdiction, you are not required to surrender your foreign license or provide a driving record. However, an agreement with Korea requires that the Korean driver’s license be surrendered if a driving skills test is not taken.
6. Visual/Medical Certification (if applicable)
If you have a visual and/or medical condition that could affect your driving, you may be required to provide a statement from your physician certifying that you can operate a vehicle safely. The necessary form may be obtained from the driver’s license examiner at your County Driver’s License office.
If you have questions regarding any physical or mental condition that may affect your ability to operate a motor vehicle, contact your County Driver’s License office.
If you have had eye surgery to improve your vision, the restriction on your driver’s license may need to be removed. Contact your County Driver’s License office for more information.
7. Driver Training Completion (if under 17)
If you are under 17 years old, you must provide proof that you have completed an approved driver-training program. You must also provide proof that the supervised instruction permit requirement has been met. (See the driver training section of this manual for more information about these requirements.)
8. Liability Signer (if under 18)
If you are under 18 years old, you need to have a birth parent or legal guardian with you to sign consent for you to be licensed. The signer assumes legal responsibility for your actions as a driver. If the liability signer is not the mother or father listed on your birth certificate, you must provide acceptable legal documents (e.g. adoption records or court guardianship documents). The identity of the liability signer will be verified. If the signer’s name is different from the one appearing on your birth certificate, additional documents such as a marriage license or divorce decree may be required to verify relationship. If the liability signer cannot be present to sign the application at the county office, the liability signer must complete a power of attorney form giving another person authority to sign for him or her. If you are married, your spouse, who must be at least 18 years of age, may sign for you. As long as you are under 18, the person who signs for you may withdraw consent at any time, which will cause the department to cancel your driver’s license.
9. Verification of School Compliance – VOC (if under 18)
If you are under 18 years old you will need to provide acceptable proof of enrollment and attendance in or graduation from a recognized high school or equivalent program. This proof can be in the form of a verification of compliance slip from an acceptable school or program you are attending, a high school diploma, or a general education certificate of completion. When signing the liability statement, your parent(s) must also sign a statement that you are in compliance with the school attendance provisions of Idaho Code.