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When you apply for a new driver’s license, permit, or identification card, you must present original versions or certified copies of the following documents:

If you have questions or trouble when collecting your documents, you can call the BMV toll-free at 888-692-6841 and speak with a customer service representative for help or visit any Indiana license branch for assistance.

Proving Your Identity

You need one document to prove your identity when applying for a new driver's license, permit, or identification card.

The most common documents that you can use to prove your identity are a United States birth certificate (must be an original or certified copy filed with a U.S. state or territory office of vital statistics or equivalent agency in your state of birth), a United States passport, or a foreign passport with a VISA and I-94 form. Puerto Rican-born citizens must provide a birth certificate issued on or after July 1, 2010.

If your current legal name is different from the name on your birth certificate or lawful status document, you must show legal proof of the name change (showing a link to all name changes).

If you do not have your birth certificate in your possession, you need to contact your state or county Department of Health office of the state of your birth and request an original or certified copy. Some states may take up to five months to process duplicate birth certificates.

Proving Your Social Security Number

You need one document to prove your Social Security number when applying for a new driver's license, permit, or identification card.

The most common documents that you can use to prove your Social Security number are your Social Security card, a W-2 form, a SSA-1099 form, a non-SSA-1099 form, or a pay stub with your name and Social Security number on it.

Proving Your Lawful Status In The United States

You need one document to prove your lawful status in the United States when applying for a new driver's license, permit, or identification card.

In most cases, the document that you present to prove your identity will also prove your lawful status in the United States. The most common documents that you can use to prove your lawful status in the United States are a United States birth certificate (must be an original or certified copy filed with a U.S. state or territory office of vital statistics or equivalent agency in your state of birth), a United States passport, or a foreign passport with a VISA and I-94 form. Puerto Rican-born citizens must provide a birth certificate issued on or after July 1, 2010.

Proving Your Indiana Residency

You need two documents to prove your Indiana residency when applying for a new driver's license, permit, or identification card.

The most common document that you can use to prove your residency is a computer-generated bill showing your name and address of residence from a utility company, credit card, doctor, or hospital. The bill must be issued within 60 days of the date that you use the bill to prove your Indiana residency.