Effective May 1, 2014, the District of Columbia will begin issuing a REAL ID credential and a Limited Purpose credential.
The REAL ID credential requires a one-time revalidation of source documents when obtaining, renewing or requesting a duplicate DC driver license. This validation will enable the DC Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to ensure your identity and issue a federally compliant REAL ID driver license. The new requirements will affect what you will need to bring to the DC DMV office when obtaining, renewing or requesting a duplicate driver license. First time DC applicants and existing DC driver license holders should expect to provide source documents as proof of identity (full legal name and date of birth), social security number, lawful presence in the United States, and current residence in the District of Columbia. The REAL ID credential has a star in the upper right hand corner. For more information about REAL ID, please review our FAQs.
The Limited Purpose credential also requires a one-time validation of source documents when applying for your DC Limited Purpose driver license. The driver knowledge and road tests will be required for all applicants applying for the Limited Purpose driver license. First time DC applicants must be a resident of the District of Columbia for at least 6 months. Applicants must have never been issued a social security number, previously been issued a social security number but no longer eligible, or not be eligible for a social security number. The Limited Purpose driver license may not be used for official federal purposes, and it will be marked to reflect this requirement. You must schedule an appointment to obtain a Limited Purpose driver license. Prior to your DMV appointment, be sure to study and review the Driver Manual in preparation for the knowledge test. If you fail the knowledge test, you will be required to make another appointment. For more information about Limited Purpose credentials, please review our FAQs.
This section provides information for change of residence for your District of Columbia driver license, non- driver identification card and vehicle registration. In order to complete online DMV transactions, you must already have a current address on file with DMV and must possess a REAL ID or Limited Purpose credential. You can update your address during online transactions by uploading residency documents.
NOTE: Temporary addresses and/or PO Boxes are not allowed.
Residents are required to update changes in address within 60 days to keep their records current. You may change your address online or by mailing the necessary proof of residency documents to DMV if you currently have a REAL ID or a Limited Purpose credential. You may also bring your residency documents to a DMV service center location (note if you do not have a REAL ID or Limited Purpose credential, you will also have to bring in additional documents for validation). If you are not completing another transaction, such as renewing your driver license or vehicle registration, there is also a change of address fee. The address change will be applied to your driver license or identification card and your vehicle registrations. For vehicles with co-owners, the change of address will only be applicable to the primary owner. If there is a DC co-owner on the vehicle registration, that individual must apply for their own change of address.
Failure to update your address with the DMV may result in an inability to send you inspection, license and vehicle registration renewals, ticket notices, license suspensions/revocations and other pertinent DMV documents. As a result, you may experience inconveniences and fees.
You must inform DMV of change in your address either by:
- Changing your address online (You can only use this option if you already have a REAL ID credential (which has a star in the upper right corner) or a Limited Purpose credential (which is marked not for federal purposes).)
- Visiting in person at any DMV Service Location (If you do not have a REAL ID credential or a Limited Purpose credential you must make an in-person visit to a DC DMV service center and bring the completed driver license/identification card application along with source documents for validation. Click here for more information.)
- Mail proof of residency documents, completed driver licence/identification card application, and fee to the following address (You can only use this option if you already have a REAL ID credential (which has a star in the upper right corner) or a Limited Purpose credential (which is marked not for federal purposes).):
Attn: Change of Address
PO Box 90120
Washington, DC 20090