The DC DMV Limited Purpose driver license allows District residents who cannot provide a Social Security number to drive legally. To be eligible for a DC DMV Limited Purpose driver license, you cannot have a current Social Security number. Specifically, you:
- Must never have been issued a Social Security number, OR
- May have previously been issued a Social Security number, but must be currently unable to establish legal residency in the US, OR
- Must not be eligible for a Social Security number.
The DC DMV Limited Purpose driver license cannot be used as a federal identification or for federal identification purposes. It is valid for 8 years.
The first link below will bring you to our FAQs about the DC DMV Limited Purpose credential and the second link below will bring you to documents that can guide you through the steps of obtaining a Limited Purpose credential.
Obtain a Limited Purpose Driver License
In general, the steps to getting a DC DMV Limited Purpose driver license are:
- Vision Screening
- Knowledge Test
- Road Test
The first step in obtaining a Limited Purpose driver license or learner permit, is to print and fill out the driver license or identification card application form you can find at the link below:
You must schedule an appointment to get a DC DMV Limited Purpose driver license. You can schedule your appointment online at the link below:
Appointments are available at any DC DMV service center. A list of DC DMV service centers is available at the link below:
Bring your completed application form and the rest of the required documentation to your appointment.
You must bring documents that prove you are eligible for a Limited Purpose driver license. The documents required are listed below, and DC DMV will not accept any documents that are not listed:
You will need:
- Proof of identity and age. You must be at least 16 years old. The list of documents that DC DMV accepts as proof of identify is available at the link below:
- Limited Purpose Proof of Identity—Full Legal Name and Date of Birth
- Two documents that prove you reside in the District. The list of documents that prove DC residency is available at the link below:
- Proof of Current District of Columbia Residency
- Two documents that prove you have resided in the District for six months. The list of documents that prove you have residency that meets the Limited Purpose criteria is available at the link below:
- Limited Purpose Credential Proof of 6-Month DC Residency
- Proof of your Social Security ineligibility. Information on the Social Security ineligibility form is available at the link below:
- Limited Purpose Credential Social Security Ineligibility
- Proof of parental approval, if you are 16 or 17 years old. The parental consent form is available at the link below:
- Parental Consent Form to Obtain a Learner Permit
NOTE: You may not get a DC DMV Limited Purpose driver license if you have outstanding debts to the District or unpaid fines for traffic violations in other jurisdictions.
DC DMV administers the vision screening test at the DC DMV service centers. You must pass the vision test to be issued a Limited Purpose driver license. More information on vision screening is available at the link below:
At the DC DMV Service Center, when you have provided your application form and other documents, you must take and pass a knowledge test. Information on the test is available at the link below:
If you do not currently have a valid driver license from DC or another jurisdiction, you will be issued a Limited Purpose learner permit after you take and pass the knowledge test.
Road Skills Test
When you have passed the knowledge test, you can schedule a road skills test. More information on the road skills test is available at the link below:
You must take a new photograph after every driver license, knowledge test, or identification card transaction you have with DC DMV. District law and policy requires a full frontal digital photo that will show either the ears, or up to the hairline without showing the hair.
Once your photo has been taken, you will pay the appropriate fee for your license. Information on DC DMV driver license fees is available at the link below:
- DC DMV Driver License Fees
DC DMV will issue you a temporary, paper DC DMV driver license after you have completed the process and paid the fees. This temporary driver license will be valid for 45 calendar days; your actual license will be mailed to you within 10 business days. DC DMV does not mail licenses to PO boxes.
Check the mailing status of your license online at the link below:
NOTE: Drivers under the age of 21 who are obtaining a driver license are automatically enrolled in the GRAD Program. More information on the GRAD Program is available at the link below:
Renew a Limited Purpose Driver License
Your DC DMV Limited Purpose driver license will be eligible for renewal. Instructions for renewals are available at the link below:
Replace a Limited Purpose Driver License
If you lose your DC DMV Limited Purpose driver license, or it is stolen or destroyed, you may replace it. Instructions for replacement are available at the link below:
You may make certain declarations regarding organ donation on your DC DMV Limited Purpose driver license. Instructions for these designations are available at the link below: