Identification Requirement Charts

Information here covers identification requirements for Coloradans seeking a driver license, ID card or instruction permit.


  • All documents presented must be unaltered from the original (For example - no lamination, no copies).

  • If documents that are presented at the time of application show different names, additional documents showing change of name must be presented. Please visit our Change Your Name webpage for a list of accepted name change documents.

  • U.S.-issued birth certificates must show the person listed on the certificate was born in the U.S. Birth certificates must be original, full size documents containing the seal or certification from a state or county. No wallet cards will be accepted.

  • Per C.R.S. 42-2-107 and 42-2-302, applications for credentials must contain a fingerprint. 


Proof of address

NOTE: In order to meet the requirements for proof of address we suggest bringing more documentation than is necessary for every visit to a DMV office. Junk mail or bulk mailing (coupons, weekly mailers, advertising) and any hand-written documents are not acceptable as proof of address documentation.

Two proof of physical Colorado address documents are required for following applicants:

  • First time and new applicants 

  • Individuals with a Colorado driver license, instruction permit, or identification card that has been expired over one year

  • Individuals changing the address on their card

  • Individuals reinstating their driving privilege and require testing

People who are U.S. citizens or permanent legal U.S. residents who are renewing their valid or expired less than one year Colorado driver license, instruction permit, or identification card, can present only that document to meet the updated requirements, if the address on that document matches their current address.

Documents, letters or envelopes with labels, corrections or changes to name address or date will not be accepted.  Documents that only display a PO box number will not be accepted. 

Technicians may accept faxed documents from an established business only.

Electronic proofs of residency will be accepted.  


All documents presented must be dated within one year of application

  • Computer Generated Bill (utility, credit card, doctor, hospital, etc.)

  • Bank Statement Pre-Printed Pay Stub

  • First-Class Mail (government agency or court)

  • Current Homeowner’s, Renter’s, or

  • Motor Vehicle Insurance Policy Mortgage, Lease, or Rental Contract Transcript or Report Card from an Accredited School

  • Motor Vehicle Registration 

  • USPS Change Of Address Form (CNL107) 

  • DD214

  • Postmarked first-class mail

Residents of a Halfway House or Residential Treatment Facility

  • Must provide a letter from the facility, on the facility’s letterhead showing the facility’s name, address and telephone number. The letter must include the facility representative’s name, signature and date and indicate they will accept delivery of mail for the applicant.

Customers With a Rural Route Mail Delivery Address

  • Must provide a properly certified government-issued document showing their name, and a description of the residence’s location

Undocumented/temporarily legal residents

Homeless applicants

  • Homeless applicants without a residential address must provide a letter from a government entity, or not-for-profit organization with its letterhead showing the facility’s name, address and telephone number, including the legal representative’s name, signature and signature date. The letter must state, "will accept delivery of mail for the customer."

Special Circumstances

Individuals who are unable to provide two acceptable documents to verify ‘Residential Address’ may be eligible to provide alternative documents to meet the requirements:

  • Minors Under Age 21
    • Two documents are required; verification documents used by the parent are acceptable for use by the minor.
      • The Colorado driver license/ID card/Permit of the parent counts as one document, provided the current address is listed on the front of the card.
Proof of Social Security Number

All first time applicants who are U.S. citizens or who can demonstrate permanent lawful presence in the U.S. must provide proof of their Social Security number.  Acceptable documents to provide proof of Social Security number are:

  • Social Security Account number card 

  • W-2 form

  • SSA-1099 Form

  • Non-SSA-1099 Form

  • Pay stub with the applicant's name and SSN on it

  • You can also provide your Social Security number verbally. Click here for more information about providing a Social Security number verbally.

All applicants who are U.S. citizens or who can demonstrate permanent lawful presence in the U.S. but do not hold a valid Colorado driver license, identification card or instruction permit must provide proof of their Social Security number.


Unable to provide the documents listed above? See if Exceptions Processing may be right for you.