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Required Documents

Documents to Bring when Applying for a REAL ID

Applying for a REAL ID compliant card requires additional documentation compared to the requirements for a standard Minnesota driver's license. A person must provide the following in person when applying:
  • One document proving identity, date of birth and legal presence in the United States.
    • If the name on the identity document is not the same as a person's current name, a name change document must be submitted.
  • One document proving social security number.
  • Two documents proving current residency in Minnesota. (A P.O. Box will not suffice as proof of current residency in Minnesota.)

Full list of Accepted Documentation

Proof of identity, date of birth and legal presence in the United States:

  • Valid, unexpired U.S. passport, passport booklet or passport card.
  • Certified copy of birth certificate issued by a government bureau of vital statistics or equivalent agency in the applicant's state of birth. This must bear the raised or authorized seal of the issuing government entity.
  • Consular report of birth abroad, certification of report of birth, or certification of birth abroad (form FS-240, DS-1350 or FS-545) issued by the United States Department of State.
  • Certificate of naturalization (form N-550 or N-570) issued by the United States Department of Homeland Security.
  • Certificate of citizenship (form N-560 or N-561) issued by the United states Department.
  • Unexpired employment authorization document (form I-766 or I-688B) issued by the United States Department of Homeland Security.
  • Valid, unexpired passport issued by a foreign country and a valid, unexpired US visa accompanied by documentation of the applicant's most recent lawful admittance into the US.

Name Changes: If the name on the identity document above is not the same as the name you currently use, a name change document must be submitted.

  • Certification of marriage certified by the issuing government jurisdiction.
  • Certified court order that specifies the name change.
  • Certified divorce decree or dissolution of marriage that specifies the name change.

Proof of social security number:

  • Social security card.
  • Federal form W2.
  • Federal form 22a_1099 or other federal form 1099 with social security number on the form.
  • Computer-printed US employment pay stub with name, address and social security number.

If a passport is used for evidence of identity or date of birth, additional documentation demonstrating non work authorized status.

Proof of current residency in Minnesota (two documents):

  • Valid Minnesota driver's license or instruction permit.
  • Valid Minnesota ID card.
  • Home utility services bill issued no more than 90 days before the application.
    • This document will not be accepted if two unrelated people are listed on the bill.
  • Bank account statement.-  issued no more than 90 days before application.
  • Canceled check.
  • Voided check.
  • Credit card statement. - issued no more than 90 days before application.
  • Minnesota college or university ID card with certified transcript from the college or university, issued no more than 180 days before the application.
  • Employment pay stub issued no more than 90 days before the application that lists the employer's name, address and telephone number.
  • Unexpired Minnesota professional license.
  • Home utility services hook-up work order issued no more than 90 days before the application.
    • This document will not be accepted if two unrelated people are listed on the bill.
  • US high school identification card with certified transcript from the school issued no more than 180 days before the application.
  • Minnesota unemployment insurance benefit statement issued no more than 90 days before the application.
  • Statement from a housing with services building registered under chapter 144D, nursing home licensed under chapter 144A or a boarding care facility licensed under section 144.50 to 144.56 issued no more than 90 days before the application.
  • Life, health, automobile, homeowner's or renter's insurance policy issued no more than 90 days before the application.
  • Federal or state income tax return or statement for the most recent filing year.
  • Minnesota property tax statement for the current year that shows the applicant's principal residential address both on the mailing portion and portion stating what the property is being taxed.
  • Minnesota vehicle certificate of title issued no more than 12 months before the application.
  • Filed property deed or title for current resident issued no more than 12 months before the application.
  • Supplemental security income award statement issued no more than 12 months before the application.
  • Mortgage documents for the applicant's principal residence.
  • Residential lease agreement for the applicant's principal residence issued no more than 12 months before the application.
  • Unexpired selective service card.
  • Military orders that are still in effect at the time of application.