This online driver’s license and ID card application saves you time by letting you complete the application before visiting a DMV field office. When you arrive, DMV employees can quickly access your completed form and begin to process it.
This form may be used to apply for a new driver’s license (standard, commercial, motorcycle, or REAL ID), a new identification card (standard or REAL ID), or to apply for license endorsements.
The CA DMV is offering eligible senior drivers who are 70+ the option to renew their driver’s license (noncommercial) online until December 31, 2022. Watch this video to learn more: https://youtu.be/Ie9idjlUhiY
Before you begin…
Be prepared to create a DMV online account, if you have never done so previously. If you have, be prepared to log in to your DMV online account. (DMV uses two-factor authentication to prove your digital identity; it requires an email address and a way to receive a phone call or text message.)
Have your social security number handy, in addition to basic information such as name, address, and date of birth.
If you cannot complete the application in one sitting, don’t worry; you may log in to your DMV account and finish it later. (Applications are stored up to one year, and are only processed when you visit a DMV field office.)
After completing the application, you will need to visit a field office to finish the rest of the driver’s license/ID card application process.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, but because each form has a unique barcode on it, it cannot be downloaded and printed. A new paper version of the driver’s license application is available in field offices for customers who choose not to complete the electronic version. Although, DMV is moving towards a completely paperless process and will begin to phase out the paper application.
You will sign the form once you visit a DMV field office and complete the process with a DMV employee.
Yes. A parent can use their own email when completing the electronic application for minors, if the minor does not have their own email account.
No. The application is available in 10 languages: English, Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese.
No. Before the Secretary of State will register you to vote, you must submit the electronic application to DMV and also complete your transaction at a DMV field office. Once at the field office, a DMV employee will retrieve your driver’s license or identification card application and complete the transaction with you. DMV will then electronically transmit voter information to the Secretary of State to complete the voter registration. Those who indicate eligibility to vote and do not opt out, will be registered to vote.
No. The organ and tissue donor registry will not be completed until an applicant visits a field office and submits the application with a DMV employee as part of your driver’s license or identification card application.
You will receive a confirmation number in your email once you complete and submit the electronic application. A DMV field office employee can use your confirmation number to look up your application.
The online driver’s license application provides a section for parents to complete. Voter pre-registration is available for 16- and 17-year-old applicants. Once they turn 18, they will be registered to vote.