To prove that you live in California, you must present TWO documents that contain your California mailing address. BOTH documents must show the applicant’s first and last name and the same mailing address that is listed on the driver license or identification card application.
Use a P.O. Box? One document MUST have both the PO Box and physical (residence) address and one document may only contain the PO Box.
If your name does not appear on any residency documents, you may present a birth certificate, marriage license, or domestic partner registration certificate to trace your relationship to the person whose name DOES appear on the residency documentation. For example, a minor may use a residency documents showing their parent or legal guardian's name, but they must also present a birth certificate proving their relation to the person listed on the residency documents. The name on the residency documents must match the name on the tracing document.
If the residency document reflects a name that differs from the tracing document due to a name change (for example, marriage, divorce, or court order), additional name change documentation will be required as evidence of the name change. For example, a child may use residency documents with the mother’s name differing from the birth certificate by also presenting a marriage certificate and/or dissolution of marriage document showing the mother’s different last name, which is on the residency documents.
You will need to provide TWO of the different documents listed below:
- Rental or lease agreement with the signature of the owner/landlord and the tenant/resident
- Deed or title to residential real property
- Mortgage bill
- Home utility bill (including cellular phone)
- School documents issued by a public or private primary, secondary, or post-secondary institution, college, or university that includes the applicant's date of birth. If using a foreign school document, it must be sealed by the school and include a photograph of the applicant at the age the record was issued
- Medical documents
- Employment documents
- Insurance documents, including medical, dental, vision, life, home, rental or vehicle
- Tax return (either Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or California Franchise Tax Board (FTB)
- Change of Address Confirmation by the U.S. Postal Service
- Property tax bill or statement
- Faith-based document that includes the name and address of organization
- Records from any state or national bank, state or federal savings association, trust company, industrial loan company, state or federal credit union, or any institution or entity that has issued a credit card
- Voter registration confirmation letter or postcard issued by the California Secretary of State or a local California county elections officer
- Proof of payment of resident tuition at a public institution of higher education in California
- An original copy of an approved Claim for Homeowners’ Property Tax Exemption (BOE-266) form filed with a local California County Assessor
- Court documents that list the applicant as a resident of California
- Letter attesting that the applicant resides in California from a homeless shelter, shelter for abused women, non-profit entity, faith-based organization, employer or government agency within the United States
- A document issued by a U.S. government agency, meaning the entity, office, or authority governing over a country, state, county, city, municipality, district, agency, department, or any other political subdivision of a country or state
- California Certificate of Vehicle or Vessel Titles or registration
- A DMV No Fee Identification Card Eligibility Verification (DL 933) form, completed and signed
MINORS: Minors may use one of the following forms to trace their relationship to the individual whose name is shown on the residency document:
- Agency-Group Home Agreement (Form SOC 154)
- Placement Agency – Foster Family Agency Agreement (Form SOC 154A)
- Agency- Foster Parents Agreement (Form SOC 156)
NOTE: A child may use a residency document in their parents’ name by presenting a tracing document (such as a birth certificate) showing the relationship.
Note: The list of acceptable documents can be found by clicking here.
Note: The California DMV’s interactive REAL ID document checklist can be found by clicking here.