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Obtain a REAL ID Driver License

Obtain a REAL ID Driver License

(Note this webpage is only applicable to DC residents who have never been issued a driver license in any jurisdiction.  If you are seeking information related to the REAL ID process when renewing or obtaining a duplicate of your existing DC license, please click here.)

To obtain a REAL ID driver license you will be required to take and pass a knowledge test, skills road test and meet eligibility requirements. If you do not currently possess a driver license from DC or another jurisdiction, you will be issued a REAL ID learner permit after taking and passing the knowledge test. You may not obtain a DC REAL ID driver license while maintaining a valid driver license from another jurisdiction. A REAL ID driver license is valid for up to eight years for US citizens, and this period may vary for non-US citizens according to the US duration of stay.


Click on all of the links below to review a list of required documents that you must bring with you from each category and be prepared to pay the applicable fees. The DMV will NOT be able to accept documents that are not listed for source documents.

Proof of Identity - full legal name and date of birth (must be at least 16 years of age)
• Proof of DC Residency (2 required)
• Proof of Social Security Number
• No outstanding debts to the District of Columbia or unpaid fines for moving traffic violations in other jurisdictions
Proof of Parental Approval (if applicant is 16 or 17 years old)

Service Locations

To obtain a REAL ID driver license or learner permit, you may visit any service location except Adjudication Services, Brentwood Road Test Office and Inspection Station.


  1. Complete the Driver License Application [PDF]
  2. Provide the required documents
  3. Take and pass a vision screening
  4. Take and pass a knowledge test and road skills test
  5. Take a digital photograph (DC law and policy requires a full frontal digital photo that shows either the ears or up to the hairline without exposing the hair)   
  6. Pay the appropriate fees
  7. Obtain your Paper REAL ID learner permit/driver license
  8. All driver licenses are mailed

Note: Drivers under the age of 21 who are obtaining a driver license are automatically enrolled in the GRAD Program

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