Documents Required to Obtain A Missouri Driver or Nondriver License or Instruction Permit

Applicants must present one or more documents in each of the following categories. Additional documents may be required.

NAME, DATE OF BIRTH, PLACE OF BIRTH (U.S. Citizen)

  • U.S. Birth Certificate - certified with an embossed, stamped or raised seal issued by a vital records agency (hospital-issued birth certificates and birth registration cards are not accepted);
  • U.S. Passport (valid or expired);
  • U.S. Certificate of Citizenship, Naturalization, or Birth Abroad; or
  • A photocopy of a certified U.S birth certificate (issued by a vital records agency) accompanied by a U.S. Military Identification Card or U.S. Military Discharge Papers.

If you were born in Missouri and need to obtain a certified copy of your birth certificate, you may contact the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services for assistance.

NAME, DATE OF BIRTH, PLACE OF BIRTH (Non-U.S. Citizen)

  • Non-U.S. citizens must present appropriate immigration documents indicating current status and should examine the complete listing of acceptable documents for proof of name, date of birth, and place of birth.

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER (ALL Applicants)

  • Provide your Social Security Number (verbally, or by presenting your Social Security card); or
  • If a Social Security Number has not been assigned, the applicant must present a letter from the Social Security Administration (SSA) regarding the status of the applicant's Social Security Number.

MISSOURI RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS (ALL Applicants)

All applicants should show residence with any recent document from this list:

  • Driver License Renewal Postcard;
  • Motor Vehicle Renewal Postcard;
  • Utility Bill (phone, water, gas, electric, trash or sewer, etc.);
  • Pay Check;
  • Government Check;
  • Mortgage Document;
  • Voter Registration Card;
  • Property Tax Receipt;
  • Housing Rental Contract;
  • Bank Statement;
  • Homeowner’s Insurance Policy;
  • Auto Insurance Policy;
  • W-2 or 1099 Form;
  • Vehicle Registration or Title;
  • Boat Registration or Title;
  • Education transcript for current school year from an educational institution in Missouri;
  • Professional License (nurse, physician, engineer, etc.), only if home address;
  • Real Estate Tax Receipt, only if home address;
  • Letter from shelter (homeless only);
  • An official letter or document from another state or local government agency (on agency letterhead or which contains the official seal of the agency) issued within the previous 30 days;
  • Letter or other documentation issued by the postmaster within the previous 30 days; or
  • Other government document containing the name and address of the applicant issued within the previous 30 days.

NOTE: A Post Office Box is not acceptable as a residential address. You must show proof of residential address and alternate mailing address (if applicable). Current addresses are important! Your license will be mailed to the address provided.

Residential address is the location at which a person has been physically present and regards as home. A residential address is a person's true, fixed, principal, and permanent home, to which a person intends to return and remain, even though currently residing elsewhere. Applicants requesting to use a mailing address different from their residential address must also submit a document from the acceptable residential address documents list to verify their mailing address.

RENEWAL APPLICANTS:

Refer to the information below (or your renewal postcard) for documents required at the time of renewal.

Non-Commercial Driver License (U.S. Citizen): Non-commercial driver license, permit, or nondriver license applicants who previously provided one of the documents for proof of name, date of birth, and place of birth will not be required to present these documents at the time of renewal unless a change has been made to this information. Refer to the Driver License Renewal Postcard (Form 4549).

Non-Commercial Driver License (Non-U.S. Citizen) and all Commercial Driver License applicants: Commercial driver license and commercial instruction permit applicants are required to present their documents for proof of name, date of birth, and place of birth at the time of renewal. Medical certification documents may also be required. Non-U.S. citizens are required to present all documents at the time of renewal. Refer to the Driver License Renewal Postcard (Form 4549A).

NOTE: Renewal postcards are not issued for instruction permits.

Exemption for Applicants Age 65 or Older

Applicants age 65 or older renewing a non-commercial driver or nondriver license or instruction permit are exempt from presenting documents for place of birth. If your Missouri driver or nondriver license or instruction permit is expired more than 6 months (184 days), you do not qualify for this exemption. The exemption also does not pertain to those obtaining a new permit/driver license or nondriver license.

Exemption for Applicants With A 15-year Missouri Driving History

If you are a Missourian who has held a driver license or nondriver license for 15 years or more, you are eligible to obtain a special one-year non-commercial driver or nondriver license. A one-year license may not be renewed, but does provide a full year for you to obtain the documents required to verify name, date of birth, and place of birth.

If You Have A Name Change

To verify a name change, present one of the documents below showing your current name:

  • Certified Marriage Certificate
  • Certified Divorce Decree
  • Certified Court Order
  • Certified Adoption Papers or Amended Birth Certificate
  • U.S. Passport (valid or expired)
  • Social Security Card/Medicare Card

Special Considerations for Exceptional Circumstances

NOTE: Applicants age 65 or older renewing a non-commercial driver or nondriver license or instruction permit are exempt from presenting documents for place of birth. If your Missouri driver or nondriver license or instruction permit is expired more than 6 months (184 days), you do not qualify for this exemption. The exemption also does not pertain to those obtaining a new instruction permit, driver license, or nondriver license.

In exceptional circumstances, U.S. citizens who wish to obtain a new Missouri non-commercial instruction permit, driver license, or nondriver license, and are unable to obtain a government-issued U.S. Birth Certificate, may provide the following:

  • A certified "No Record Statement" from your state of birth plus two supporting documents (referenced below). If you were born In Missouri, a certified "No Record Statement" may be obtained from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Bureau of Vital Records (the same agency that provides certified birth certificates). This verifies that there is no birth record on file; and
  • Supporting documents include, but are not limited to, military records, your child's certified birth certificate -- listing you as parent -- issued by a vital records agency (hospital-issued birth certificates and birth registration cards are not accepted), baptismal record, insurance policy, Social Security Administration numident, school records, employment records, and Census Bureau records, etc. The supporting documents should list the applicant’s name, place of birth, date of birth, or age at the time the document was issued. Each document does not need to have all of the preceding information but the department needs sufficient information to establish place and date of birth. For example, Military Discharge Papers stating that Mr. John Brown was discharged on March 25, 1945 would not be sufficient since the document does not include Mr. Brown’s place of birth.

Submit the above documents to the Document Review Panel using one of the three methods listed below:

A response will be provided within two weeks of our receipt of the documents. If you have any questions, you may contact our staff by phone at 573-526-2407 or by e-mail at [email protected].

All other requirements for verification of social security number and Missouri residential address still apply.

How to Obtain Required Documents

Birth Certificate

Marriage License

Divorce Decree

  • If your divorce was granted in Missouri, you must contact the Clerk of the Circuit Court where the divorce was granted to obtain a certified copy of your divorce decree.
  • If your divorce was granted in a state other than Missouri, you must contact the appropriate office in the state in which you were divorced to obtain a certified copy of your divorce decree.

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