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.

  • IDENTITY
  • LAWFUL STATUS
  • SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER
  • MISSOURI RESIDENCY

Applicants will also be required to present documents to verify the following information, if applicable:

  • ALTERNATE MAILING ADDRESS
  • NAME CHANGE

Additional documents may be required to determine eligibility for special indicators, such as Veteran, Boater Safety, or Permanent Disability indicators, or to request a change to the gender, or date of birth.

IDENTITY AND LAWFUL STATUS DOCUMENTS

All documents presented must be valid and unexpired.

Exception: For a non REAL ID-compliant application, an expired Missouri or out-of-state license, identification card, or instruction permit may be accepted for identity, if within six months (184 days) of expiration.

U.S. birth certificates must be certified with an embossed, stamped or raised seal issued by a vital records agency (hospital-issued birth certificates and birth registration cards or birth transcripts are not accepted). An original certified U.S. birth certificate marked as a "delayed" or "amended" filing, issued by the state vital records agency, is acceptable.

  • Exception: For non REAL ID-compliant applications 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 is acceptable.

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER (ALL Applicants)

  • Acceptable documents must include name and Social Security number
  • Social Security card must be signed if the applicant is 18 years of age or older
  • Social Security card cannot be laminated
  • 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 show residency with any recent document from the acceptable document list.

  • Acceptable documents must include the name and address.
  • Applicants for a non REAL ID-compliant card must submit one issued acceptable document to verify residency.
  • Applicants for a REAL ID-compliant driver license or nondriver license must submit two acceptable documents from two different sources to verify residency. 
  • Applicants for a non REAL ID-compliant or REAL ID-compliant document requesting to use an alternate mailing address, must submit one acceptable document to verify the alternate mailing address.
  • Applicants for a REAL ID or non REAL ID Commercial Driver License (CDL) or a Commercial Learner's Permit (CLP) must submit two acceptable documents from two different sources to verify state of domicile (residency).

NOTE: A Post Office Box is not acceptable as a residential address. 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.

Exemption for Applicants Age 65 or Older

Applicants age 65 or older renewing a non REAL ID-compliant, non-commercial driver license, 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, or a request for a REAL ID-compliant document.

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 REAL ID-compliant, 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 lawful status.

If You Have A Name Change

To change your name, you must take documents to verify identity, Social Security number, Missouri residency, and proof of your legal name change to a Missouri license office. You may then apply and pay for a duplicate driver license with your new name. Since a new signature must be "captured", a new photo may be necessary as well. If your Missouri driver license is within 6 months (184 days) of expiring, you are eligible to renew your driver license early, saving you another trip to the license office.

At the time of initial application or REAL ID-compliant card issuance, you will be required to present name change verification documents if your current full legal name is different than the name provided on your identity or lawful status verification documents. More than one name change document may be required if you have had multiple name changes.

Acceptable documents to verify a name change include:

  • Certified Marriage License – Must be issued by: 1) the recorder of deeds in the county in which you were married; 2) the state office of vital statistics; or, 3) an equivalent agency in your state or country of marriage. It must be an original certified document and have the stamp or raised seal of the issuing authority. A church, chapel, or similarly issued certificate is not acceptable. Photocopies and faxes are not acceptable.  
  • Certified Divorce Decree – Must contain your prior full legal name, your court-ordered legal name and your date of birth and be stamped with the official court seal (date stamps and file stamps are not the official court seal). Photocopies and faxes are not acceptable.
  • Certified Court Order – Must contain your prior full legal name, your court-ordered legal name and your date of birth and be stamped with the official court seal (date stamps and file stamps are not the official court seal).
  • Certified Adoption Papers – Must contain your full legal name, your court-ordered legal name and your date of birth and be stamped with the official court seal (date stamps and file stamps are not the official court seal).
  • Amended Birth Certificate – Must be an original certified copy issued by the state office or vital statistics are equivalent agency in your state of birth. Must have the stamp or raised seal of the issuing authority.   
If you are applying for an initial REAL ID-compliant card at the time of completing your name change request additional documents may be required. Please click here for a complete list of documents required to obtain a REAL ID-compliant Missouri driver or nondriver license or instruction permit.

Special Considerations for Exceptional Circumstances

In exceptional circumstances, U.S. citizens who wish to obtain a new Missouri non REAL ID-compliant, 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:

  • Fax: (573) 526-4548;
  • Mail: Department of Revenue, PO Box 200, Jefferson City, MO 65105-0200; or
  • E-mail: dlbmail@dor.mo.gov

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 dlbmail@dor.mo.gov.

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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