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Driver License

Driver License

Effective May 1, 2014, the District of Columbia will begin issuing a REAL ID Driver License and a Limited Purpose Driver License.

The REAL ID driver license 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.  For more information about REAL ID, please review our FAQs.

The Limited Purpose driver license 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 cannot establish legal presence in the United States at the time of application, 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.  You can also refer to the Limited Purpose Credential Step by Step Process.

DMV offers a number of services related to a driver license. When obtaining a driver license, be prepared to also make the decision to become an organ and tissue donor (you may also make a tax deductible donation to the DC Organ Donor registry), register to vote (if eligible), or select the Veteran designation (if eligible). If you are a male between the ages of 18-26 (note once you actually turn 26 years old, you are no longer eligible for selective service enrollment), the DC DMV will register you with the Selective Service unless you choose to use the waiver form to opt-out of registering via the DC DMV driver license application process.

If you live in the city for 30 days or more and operate a vehicle in public space, DC law requires you to obtain a DC Driver license, unless you are eligible for reciprocity (students, active military, part-time residents, members of Congress, presidential appointees).

All driver licenses will be mailed, and DC DMV does not mail to P.O. Boxes.

Driver License

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