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Documents Required for Validation to Renew Regular DC Credential or Obtain a Duplicate
Effective May 1, 2014, the District of Columbia will begin issuing a REAL ID Credential.
The REAL ID credential requires a one-time revalidation of source documents when obtaining, renewing or requesting a duplicate (i.e., lost, stolen or address change) DC driver license or identification card. This validation will enable the DC Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to ensure your identity and issue a federally compliant REAL ID driver license or identification card. The new requirements will affect what you will need to bring to the DC DMV office when obtaining, renewing or requesting a duplicate credential. First time DC applicants and existing DC driver license and identification card holders should expect to provide source documents as proof of identity (full legal name and date of birth), social security number, lawful presence in the United States, and current residence in the District of Columbia. A REAL ID credential will contain a star in the upper right hand corner.
For residents with the regular DC credential (i.e., there is not a star in the upper right hand corner of your credential), your existing credential will remain valid until it's expiration and will still be accepted to enter federal buildings and board airplanes. Note there is no need for you to visit DC DMV to obtain a REAL ID credential until your current credential expires because it will remain valid and still be accepted to enter federal buildings and board airplanes. For additional information related to REAL ID, please refer to our FAQs.
Source Documents Required for Validation for REAL ID
- Proof of Identity (full legal name and date of birth)
- Proof of Social Security Number
- Proof of DC Residency
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