To prove that you live in the state of California, you must provide two Proof of California Residency documents. Click here for a list of qualifying documents.
Both residency documents must show:
- Your California mailing address
- The same first and last name as in your driver’s license or state ID application
If you use a PO box:
- One residency document must have both the PO box and physical (residence) address
- The other residency document may show just the PO box.
California Residency FAQs
What if my name does not appear on any residency documents?
You may present an additional “tracing document”: a birth certificate, marriage license, or domestic partner registration certificate to trace your relationship to the person whose name does appear on the residency documents.
For example, a minor may have residency documents showing their parent or legal guardian's name. They could 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.
What if my name is different from the name in the residency document?
Additional “tracing documentation” is required.
For example, a child may have residency documents where the mother’s name is different from the child’s birth certificate. The child could present a marriage certificate and/or dissolution of marriage document showing the mother’s different last name, which is on the residency documents.
How can minors trace their relationship to the name in the residency document?
Additional documentation is required such as:
- Birth certificate
- Agency-Group Home Agreement (Form SOC 154)
- Placement Agency – Foster Family Agency Agreement (Form SOC 154A)
- Agency- Foster Parents Agreement (Form SOC 156)
For an interactive REAL ID document checklist, click here.