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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 residence in Minnesota.

Full list of Accepted Documentation

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

  • REAL ID compliant driver's license or card that is unexpired or has been expired for less than 5 years.
  • 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 legal U.S. status: Another document issued by a federal agency may be used to demonstrate lawful status in addition to the documents listed.

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 residence in Minnesota:

  • 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.
  • Canceled check.
  • Credit card statement.
  • 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.