What paperwork is required for getting a new drivers license?

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The most common requirements for getting a new drivers license include completing an application, showing proof of your identification and residency, providing your Social Security card or number, proving your test vehicle is properly registered and insured, and paying a fee.

However, because each state sets its own requirements, you might have to provide all or any combination of those or you might even find yourself providing additional paperwork such as proof of your legal presence or proof you completed a driver education course.

Check your state in the grid below.

Remember: Just because it isn’t listed below or your state doesn’t specifically ask for it separately doesn’t mean you don’t have to supply it. For example, if your state doesn’t make a separate request for your Social Security card or number, it may still require you to include the number on your application. It’s best that you contact your local driver license agency just to be sure.


Apply Proof of ID Social Security Residency Proof Insurance Proof Registration Proof Fee
Alabama
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$5 for written test fee, $23 for license; school enrollment form if you’re younger than 18
Alaska
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$20 for written test, $15 for driving test; you’ll proof you passed the written test; if applicable, a parental consent form
Arizona
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$7 for instruction permit, licenses for ages 16-39: $25; 40-44: $20; 45-49: $15; 50 and older: $10
Arkansas
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$20
California
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$28; be prepared to give your Social Security number and proof of birthdate
Colorado
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$14 for permit, $21 for license; you’ll also need proof of your name and age; if you’re younger than 18, an Affidavit of Liability and Guardianship
Connecticut
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$40 for testing, $18 for permit, up to $77 for license; birth certificate, a recent photo of yourself; medical form if applicable
Delaware
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$25
Florida
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$48, an extra $10 to retake the test; you’ll also need to show proof of birthdate, proof you passed the drug and alcohol course, and a parental consent form if you’re younger than 18
Georgia
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$20 for 5 years, $35 for 10 years
Hawaii
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$6 for 2 years, $12 for 4 years, $24 for 8 years; $8 for road test; proof of birthdate
Idaho
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$15-$55 plus testing fees; proof of age; proof of school enrollment or graduation if younger than 19; driver training program certificate if younger than 17
Illinois
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$5-$30 (free for drivers 87 years old and older); example of your signature; proof of birthdate
Indiana
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$7-$21; Financial Responsibility Agreement Affidavit if applicable
Iowa
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$20
Kansas
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$23 for 4 years, $29 for 6 years
Kentucky
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$2-$20; birth certificate
Louisiana
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fee varies depending on parish and age
Maine
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$30 for 6 years, $21 for 4 years
Maryland
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$45-$50; proof of lawful presence; proof of age; proof of name; school attendance certificate if applicable
Massachusetts
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$30 for written test, $20 for road test, $40 for license; applications for both written and road tests; proof of birthdate; proof of signature
Michigan
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$25, road test fees vary; Segment 2 Driver Education Completion Certificate, if applicable
Minnesota
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$10 upon third written test, $43 for license ages 21 or older, $23 for license ages younger than 21; Blue or White driver education card, if applicable
Mississippi
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$4 for permit, $6 for license if younger than 18, $21 for 18 and older; birth certificate; Certification of School Attendance if applicable
Missouri
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$10 for 3 years, $20 for 6 years; proof of age; proof of lawful presence; the Driver Examination Record you’ll receive after passing the tests
Montana
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$40; proof of authorized presence
Nebraska
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anywhere from $7.50-$26.50
Nevada
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$25 for license; $10 for additional road tests
New Hampshire
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$50; if applicable, a Driver Education Certificate, Driver Education Log Sheet, and a Parent/Guardian Authorization Certificate
New Jersey
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$10 for permit, $24 for license
New Mexico
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$18 for 4 years, $36 for 8 years; if applicable, completion certificate for “None for the Road” and/or DWI Awareness program
New York
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up to $115, $10 for 2 additional road tests; proof of birthdate; if applicable, driver education and/or prelicensing course certifications and documents
North Carolina
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expect to pay $4-$15; proof of age; if applicable, driver education certificate and/or driving eligibility certificate, high school diploma, GED certificate
North Dakota
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$5 for written test, $5 for road test, $10 for license; if applicable, driver education completion certificate
Ohio
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$19.25-$24.25
Oklahoma
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$21.50, $11.25 for ages 61 and older; proof of age; if applicable, driver education completion certificate
Oregon
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$5 for written test, $9 for road test, $22.50 for license; proof legal name; proof of legal presence; proof of birthdate; if applicable, proof of school enrollment, completion, or expemtion
Pennsylvania
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$5 for permit, $22.50-$33 for license; if applicable, Parent or Guardian Consent Form
Rhode Island
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fees vary depending on age and earlier permits; signature document
South Carolina
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$2 for testing, $2.50 for permit, up to $25 for license; proof of U.S. citizenship
South Dakota
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$8-$20; birth certificate
Tennessee
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$5.50 for permit, $19.50 for license, $2 each time you take and fail a written or road test; proof of U.S. citizenship
Texas
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$5-$24
Utah
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$30 for ages younger than 21, $25 for ages 21 and older; proof of birthdate; proof of legal presence; if applicable, driver education completion slip
Vermont
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$40 for 2 years, $55 for 4 years
Virginia
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$3 for permit, $4 per year for up to 8 years for license; proof of legal presence
Washington
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$45; proof of age; proof of citizenship; if applicable, driver education completion certificate and Affidavit of Parental Authorization
West Virginia
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$ for permit, $3-$10.50 for license
Wisconsin
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$35 for permit, $28 for probationary license, $28 for license; proof of name; proof of birthdate; proof of citizenship
Wyoming
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$20 application fee, $10 for license; if applicable, a minor’s release form
Washington DC
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$20 for permit, $44 for license; you’ll also need to show proof of your ability to drive

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