NYS Photo Driver License /Learner Permit/Non-Driver ID Card. Must be current or not
expired for more than 2 years.
u The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will not issue a learner permit, driver license or non-driver ID card for the first
time, or if you have a document that has been expired for more than 2 years, until you do the following:
Prove your date of birth - Present one of the documents from the list below.
Prove your name - You must show your Social Security card and one or more documents that total 4 points from the list below. If
you are not eligible to have a Social Security card, you must show documents that total 6 points from the list below and a letter from
the Social Security Administration (SSA) that was issued within 30 days of your application to DMV; the letter must state that you are
not eligible to have the card. You must also show the Department of Homeland Security documentation that was used by the SSA to
determine that you are not eligible. NOTE: Your name must be the same on each document that you show to prove your name.
NOTE: If you have a valid NYS DMV photo document or a NYS DMV photo document that can be renewed, you can use that document
to meet the required 6 points for proof of name and proof of date of birth (if required). If DMV has no record of your Social Security
number, you must also meet the Social Security requirements that are explained above.
u Your signature must be on at least one of the documents that you show for proof.
u DMV will not accept more than one document of the same type of proof. For example, 3 major credit cards count as one credit card. DMV
will accept one INS/DHS document, which will be used to prove name and date of birth.
u DMV will not accept documents with any alterations or erasures. DMV will confiscate all documents that appear to be fraudulent so the
documents can be reviewed by DMV's Investigations Unit. If you submit a fraudulent document, you may be subject to criminal prosecution.
u If you want an Enhanced Driver License (EDL) you must also prove you are a U.S. citizen and a resident of NYS. Refer to form
ID-44EDL for a list of documents that you can show for proof.
u If you want a Commercial Learner Permit or Commercial Driver License you must prove that you are a NYS resident and you must also
prove that you are either a U.S. Citizen, a Lawful Permanent Resident, or that you have temporary legal presence in the U.S. Refer to form
ID-44CDL for a list of documents that you can show for proof.
IMPORTANT: Making a false statement in an application or in any proof or statement in conjunction with it, or deceiving or substituting, or
causing another person to deceive or substitute in connection with such application, is punishable as a Class A misdemeanor pursuant to
Section 210.45 of the Penal Law for Non-Driver card applicants, and is a misdemeanor under Section 392 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law
for driver license applicants, and may result in the revocation or suspension of your license.
GENERAL REQUIREMENTS TO PROVE YOUR IDENTITY
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US or US Territory Birth Certificate showing both first and last name, issued by a Board of
Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, or US State Department. (US Territories are: American Samoa,
Guam, Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and Virgin Islands.)
US DOS Consular Report of Birth Abroad (FS-240, DS-1350, F-545)
DMV form MV-45 Statement of Identity And/Or Residence IF UNDER AGE 21. Affidavit by a parent
or legal guardian, signed in the presence of a DMV representative. See the MV-45 for more information.
DMV form MV-45A Statement of Identity And/Or Residence - For Applicants Represented by
Government or Government-Approved Facilities. See the MV-45A for more information.
US State Department issued Passport or Passport Card.
Certificate of Citizenship (N-560, N-561 or N-645)
Certificate of Naturalization (N-550, N-570 or N-578)
Employment Authorization Card (I-688B or I-766) with photo, issued by INS/DHS (must be valid)
Permanent Resident Card I-551.
Reentry Permit (I-327).
Refugee Travel Document (I-571).
US Military Photo ID Card (issued to active, reserve, and retired military personnel only )
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Use this form and complete “Application for Permit, Driver License, Non-Driver ID”, form MV-44 , when you apply for a
Learner Permit, Driver License, or Non-Driver ID Card.
PROOFS OF IDENTITY
The forms are available at www.dmv.ny.gov
and in all DMV offices.
DMV form MV-45B Statement of Identity - For Applicants Who Can Be Considered A
Disenfranchised, Homeless Youth. See the MV-45B for more information.
ACCEPTABLE DOCUMENTS FOR PROOF OF IDENTITY
FOR LEARNER PERMIT, DRIVER LICENSE OR NON-DRIVER ID CARD
Expired documents are NOT acceptable, except where specifically noted in the table below.
AS PROOF OF
DATE OF BIRTH?
u You must provide ORIGINAL documents or documents that are certified by the issuing agency.
Tribal Birth Certificate from a Federally recognized tribe, proving birth in the U.S.