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What documents do I need to go to the DMV?

When applying for a Temporary Instruction Permit Card or Driver License, applicants must provide two identification documents and proof of Ohio residency by submitting the following documents:

Primary Documents (Must include full legal name and date of birth)
• Original or certified copy of birth certificate with seal issued by a government agency with gender information. Puerto Rico birth certificates will only be accepted if issued on or after July 1, 2010.
• Certified copy of court order containing full name and date of birth
• Valid concealed weapons permit with photo
• Driver’s license issued by any state, possession or territory of the United States with photograph (current or expired for not more than six months)
• Valid U.S. military service document or dependent identification with photo
• Valid Offender Release Card issued by the Ohio Department or Rehabilitation and Correction of the Department of Youth services with name, date of birth, photo and Social Security number
• Identification card issued by any state, possession or territory of the United States with photo (current or expired for not more than six months)
• Learner’s permit issued by any state, possession or territory of the United States with photo (current or expired for not more than six months)
• Valid original documents issued by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS)
• Valid United States passport or U.S. Passport Card with photo or foreign passport with photo and appropriate USCIS documents
• Any other document approved by the BMV Registrar

Secondary Documents (Must include Social Security number if not listed on Primary Document)
• Bureau of American Indian Affairs Card or American Indian Treaty Card (Tribal identification card is not acceptable)
• Certified copy of court order with or without date of birth
• Credit card
• Department of Human Services Card with or without photo
• Employer Identification Card with photo
• Foreign birth certificated accompanied by an approved translation if not in English
• Gun permit with photo
• Current valid health insurance card
• Internal Revenue Service or state tax form issued by government agency with the last three years (W-2 forms are not acceptable)
• Marriage license or marriage certificate
• Medical records issued by a hospital or doctor
• Valid military dependent identification with photo
• Military discharge papers
• Title for motor vehicle without vehicle registration
• Pilot’s license
• Public Assistance Card issued by government agency
• Certified copy of school records or transcripts
• Official Social Security card of number identification printout issued by the Social Security Administration (SSA)
• Student identification card with photo issued by a recognized school or university
• Voter registration card
• Any other document approved by the BMV Registrar

United States Legal Presence Documents
• Original or certified copy of birth certificate with seal issued by a government agency. Puerto Rico birth certificates will only be accepted if issued on or after July 1, 2010.
• Valid United States passport or U.S. Passport Card with photo or foreign passport with photo and appropriate USCIS documents
• Naturalization document issued by the U.S.
• Valid original documents issued by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS)

Proof of Residency (Must include Ohio residential street address)
• Valid and current life insurance policy, automobile liability policy or premises liability policy
• Checking or savings account statement from a bank dated within the last 60 days (can include an on-line statement)
• Check stub for child support from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services with name and address of applicant
• State or federal Income tax return with proof of filing (not more than 18 months old)
• Certified copy of court order of probation, parole order or mandatory release order
• School records proving relationship of the parent or legal guardian to the child applicant
• Certified statement of residency from the child’s parent or legal guardian (must be signed in the presence of a BMV official)
• Installment loan contract issued by a bank or other financial institution
• Statement or bill from a major credit card with Ohio street address
• Mortgage account or proof of home ownership
• Ohio Certificate of Title
• Ohio mail-in renewal notice
• Valid Ohio voter registration card
• Paycheck stub issued within the last six months
• Professional License issued by Ohio government agency
• Property tax bill or payment receipt
• Ohio hunting or fishing license valid for the current or previous year
• Sales tax or business license with Ohio street address
• Selective Service Registration Acknowledgement Card
• Certification of Residency from a homeless shelter or nursing home
• Utility bill from water, electric, telephone, sewer, cable, satellite, heating oil or propane service provided issued within the last 60 days
• Valid concealed weapons carry permit
• Public assistance food stamp card, check stub or letter on government letterhead issued by a government public assistance agency issued within the last 12 months
• Document from the Social Security Administration with Ohio street address
• Letter from the Transportation Security Administration
• Any other document approved by the BMV Registrar

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