Driver’s License Fact Sheet on Residency Requirements


While eligibility requirements vary from state to state, applicants for a state-issued driver’s license (DL) must provide proof of age and identity and, in some instances, proof of state and legal residency. Often, these two are intertwined, and many states proof of identity requirements serve as a de facto means of probing into a noncitizen’s immigration status by limiting the types of Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) documents accepted as proof of identity.


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