Enhanced Driver Licenses, Learner Permits and Non-Driver ID Cards

  • Federal REAL ID compliant
  • Costs an additional $30 on top of the regular transaction fees
  • Accepted at US land or sea border crossings from Canada, Mexico and some Caribbean islands
  • Shows your full legal name (first, middle, last)
  • Shows your residential address (where you live)
  • Has an American flag displayed on the document
  • Requires an office visit

Bring with you Original or Certified Copies:

  • Proof of Identity 
    • Current driver license,
    • U.S. government issued birth certificate or
    • U.S. Passport with your full name (must be original)
  • Proof of Date of Birth
    • U.S. government issued birth certificate
  • Proof of U.S. Citizenship
    • U.S. government issued birth certificate or
    • Certificate of Naturalization (must be original)
  • Proof of Social Security Number
    • Social Security Card or
    • NYS Income Tax W-2 with full SSN OR 1099 (only if current NYS resident)
  • Proof of NY State Residency
    • Two separate proofs required, i.e. U.S. utility bill, U.S. pay stub
  • Proof of Name Change, if applicable
    • Government-issued marriage certificate(s), divorce decree(s) or court order document(s). If your name has changed more than once, you must bring multiple documents that link all names.
  • Completed form MV-44
  • Must pass vision test (does not apply to Non-Driver ID Card)

The documents listed above are a small sampling of accepted proofs. Please see NYS DMV form ID-44 for a FULL LIST of acceptable proofs.

See our brochures “Is REAL ID for Me?” and “REAL ID What DO I Need?” on our forms page for more information.

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