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-DC DMV will no longer prevent DC residents from applying for a new or renewed driver’s license because of failing to meet the requirements of the Clean Hands Law.


-DC DMV recommends the use of masks by employees and customers at all DC DMV facilities. Masks are still required during the in-vehicle portion of a road test.

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DC DMV Limited Purpose Driver License

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 presence in the US, OR
  • Must not be eligible for a Social Security number.

The Limited Purpose credential requires a one-time validation of source documents when applying for your DC Limited Purpose credential. The driver knowledge and road skills tests will be required for all applicants applying for the Limited Purpose driver license. The DC DMV Limited Purpose driver license cannot be used as a federal identification or for federal identification card 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.

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