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New Driver License and Identification Card Applicants Required to Prove State Residency


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June 29, 2016

New Driver License and Identification Card Applicants Required to Prove State Residency

California Residency Requirement Begins July 1, 2016

Sacramento - The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) wants to inform customers applying for a driver license (DL) or identification (ID) card for the first time, beginning July 1, they will be required to provide the DMV with two documents that prove they are California residents.

The California residency requirement under Assembly Bill 1465, applies to all first time California DL and ID card original applicants, including commercial, motorcycle, and Class C. The law does not apply to applicants who are renewing, applying for a duplicate, or a correction to their current DL or ID card.

Currently, applicants under Assembly Bill 60 are already required to provide proof of California residency.

A few examples of acceptable documents to prove California residency are:

  • Rental or lease agreement with the signature of the owner/landlord and the tenant/resident
  • Deed or title to residential real property
  • Mortgage bill
  • Home utility bills (including cellular phone)
  • Medical documents
  • Employee documents

For the full list of documents accepted to verify California residency:

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