If you reside in the District for more than 30 days, you must convert your out-of-state driver license or provisional license to either a DC DMV REAL ID driver license or a REAL ID provisional license. You will have to provide proof of your residency in the District. If you have an out-of-state driver license but do not qualify for a DC DMV REAL ID license, you may be eligible for a DC DMV Limited Purpose driver license. More information on the Limited Purpose credential is available at the link below:
Use DC DMV's Document Verification Guide to determine what documents you need to provide to DC DMV to convert your out-of-state driver license or provisional license by clicking the link below:
You can visit any DC DMV service center to convert your out-of-state license to a DC DMV REAL ID license. A list of the DC DMV service centers is available below:
You will have to surrender your current driver license or provisional license to DC DMV; if you do not have it, DC DMV will accept a certified driving record (issued by the state your license is from within the last 30 days) that reflects that your license is in good standing and has not been expired for more than 90 days.
If your out-of-state driver license has been expired for more than 90 days, you must take the DC DMV knowledge and road skills tests. More information on the tests is available at the links below:
To convert your out-of-state driver license, you will have to:
- Complete the Driver License Application form available at the link below:
- Driver License Application Form
- Bring documents that prove your identity, residency, and Social Security number. DC DMV will NOT be able to accept documents that are not listed in the links below.
Links to the documents you must bring to the DC DMV service center are available below for REAL ID licenses:
- Proof of Parental Approval (if applicant is 16 or 17 years old)
- Proof of Ability to Drive
- Proof of DC Residency (2 documents required)
- REAL ID Proof of Social Security Number
- REAL ID Proof of Identity
- Take and pass the vision screening test.
- Take a digital photograph (DC law and policy require a full frontal digital photo that shows either the ears or up to the hairline, without exposing the hair.)
You will be issued a paper version of your license or provisional license at the DC DMV service center when you complete the requirements. Your official license will be mailed to you; DC DMV does not mail to PO boxes.
NOTES: You cannot convert your out-of-state license to a District license if you have any outstanding debts to the District of Columbia or unpaid fines for moving violations in other jurisdictions. Also, if you have an out-of-state driver license, and you apply for a DC identification card (instead of converting your out-of-state driver license to a District driver license), then this will result in the cancellation of your out-of-state driver license. Once your out-of-state driver license is cancelled, you will be required to retake the knowledge and road test to obtain a DC driver license.
More details on the process of obtaining a District driver license can be found in the sections linked below: