What documents do I need to obtain a driver's license or ID card with the Star?
Regardless of whether you are a new applicant or currently hold an Idaho driver license or identification card, you must bring the same types of documents to obtain your Star Card and comply with the Real ID Act.
To help applicants identify and gather the required documents, use the Idaho Transportation Department's Add the Star Tool. Simply answer a few questions and the system will create a customized list of documents for you to bring with you.
New applicants and current driver's license and ID card holders who want a Star Card must present the required documents from each of these three categories (must not be laminated).
- Identity and date of birth. You must present one of the documents listed below.
- Social Security number. Present your Social Security card; or one of the following documents listed below.
- Idaho residency and current residential address. You must present two documents that include your name and current Idaho residential address that demonstrate residency in the state of Idaho. See examples of acceptable documents below.
To establish Identity, the applicant must provide one of the following source documents (must not be laminated)::
- Valid, unexpired U.S. Passport
- Certified birth certificate.
- Consular Report of Birth Abroad, Form FS-240, DS-1350 or FS-545.
- Valid, unexpired Permanent Resident Card (Form I-551).
- Unexpired employment authorization document (EAD), Form I-766 or Form I-688B. (Must be accompanied by an unexpired Foreign passport)
- Unexpired foreign passport with a valid, unexpired U.S. visa affixed accompanied by the approved I-94 form documenting the applicant's most recent admittance into the United States. (Must be accompanied by unexpired EAD card or other acceptable documents)
- Certificate of Naturalization, Form N-550 or Form N-570.
- Certificate of Citizenship, Form N-560 or Form N-561.
- REAL ID driver's license or identification card issued in another state. (additional document from list required)
Note: If you chose a document that does not contain your photo (such as a birth certificate), an additional acceptable photo identity document will be required.
Applicants who have established names through marriage, adoption, court order, or other mechanisms, are required to provide evidence of the name change through appropriate court or government documents (must not be laminated).
Applicants must provide an original SSN card or one of the following acceptable documents (must not be laminated):
- Your non-laminated Social Security card
- W-2 form
- Social Security Administration Form 1099
- Non-Social Security Administration Form 1099
- Pay stub with your name and Social Security number on it
- For temporary foreign nationals not authorized for employment – the Idaho Transportation Department will verify your USCIS number.
- For temporary foreign nationals authorized for employment who do not have a SSN – you will be required to obtain and present one.
Again, photocopies and faxes of these documents will NOT be accepted.
Applicant must provide two documents. Documents must display the applicant’s name and principal Idaho residence address. Acceptable documents (must not be laminated) include:
|ORIGINAL OR CERTIFIED COPY DATED WITHIN ONE YEAR||ORIGINAL OR CERTIFIED COPY OF LAST ISSUED DOCUMENT|
|Lease/rental agreement, mortgage or deed||Court documents|
|Record from a public utility for service address, i.e. power bill, water bill, trash and sewer bill (cell phone bills will not be accepted)||Record of property taxes assessed or paid (receipt date within one year|
|Bank or credit card statement||A vehicle insurance liability card, binder or bill issued by an IDAHO-BASED carrier|
|Paycheck, paystubs or employment records|
|Idaho school enrollment records or student ID (no college ID)|
|Motel, hotel, campground or RV park receipt showing 30 days of residency|
|Military Leave and Earning Statement (LES) to evidence Idaho residency of applicant deployed outside of Idaho while serving on active duty|
|Relief Agency or Shelter Certification|
|Property Owner Residency Affidavit|
The residential address you supply must be a street or highway address. It may not be a post office box. In areas where a number and street name have not been assigned, an address convention used by the U.S. Postal Service is acceptable.
Additional information about appropriate documents
Yes, a U.S. passport will be accepted as proof of your identity and date of birth.
Please note: you will still be required to provide documents to verify:
- Social Security number and Idaho residency
If your name is different from what is on your birth certificate, you will need to bring a certified name-change document, such as your marriage license, divorce decree or court order (must not be laminated). Multiple documents may be needed if your name has changed more than once. The name on your proof of Idaho residency must also match your proof of identity documents.
Unfortunately, no. Due to compliance regulations, an out-of-state license (even one marked REAL ID compliant) cannot be used to verify your identity on its own. The good news is that it can be used as an acceptable photo identity document (see Acceptable Documents). You will still be required to provide documents that verify:
- Social Security number
- Idaho residency
Please bring your out-of-state license, Idaho driver's license, or ID card to the driver's license issuance site when you appear for issuance. Your old license can be used as a backup to your temporary paper license or ID card if you need to fly commercially before your new ID or license arrives in the mail.
Additionally, an out-of-state license may help avoid the driving test when applying for a new Idaho driver's license of the same class and endorsements.
Federal regulations require this identity verification in order to obtain the Star Card.
If your name is different than the one shown on your birth certificate or another document used to establish identity. Please complete an affidavit of name change and provide one or more of the following certified documents as acceptable proof of a legal name change (must not be laminated):
- Certified marriage certificate(s) meeting Idaho standards
- Certified divorce document(s) meeting Idaho standards
- Adoption record
- Court name-change document(s) meeting Idaho standards
If you have been married multiple times, please provide the documents for each marriage and divorce if your current name is different than the name on your birth certificate. Please note: these documents must be certified and not laminated.
We are here to help you. Please use the Idaho Transportation Department's Add the Star Tool to help you. Simply answer a few questions and the system will create a customized list of documents for you to bring with you.
Visit a federal Social Security Administration office to obtain a card. More information is available on the SSA’s website: www.ssa.gov.
If you were born in Idaho, contact the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Vital Records Department. Information on how to obtain certified copies is available via the https://healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/Health/VitalRecordsandHealthStatistics
If you were born outside of Idaho, contact your birth state’s vital statistics office or utilize one of several for-profit companies to purchase it. For information on where to write for vital records in other states, visit the National Association for Public Health Statistics and Information Systems (NAPHSIS) website: https://www.naphsis.org/.
As long as copies of the original documents are on file with the DMV, you are all set. The Star will remain on your card every time you renew. Please note: a person that is a foreign national with temporary lawful status may have to establish lawful status with each renewal.
Your card will read “limited term” and be valid for the period of your lawful stay in the United States.
Verification is a guard against document and identity fraud. It means the Idaho Transportation Department must check with the agency or authority that issued the document to make sure it is valid.
Idaho uses Social Security Online Verification (SSOLV) to verify Social Security information and Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) to verify immigration documents and status. Systems to verify birth record information and state driver's license information are expected to become available in the future.