New Requirement for First-Time Driver’s License Applicants in California


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CALIFORNIA – Effective today, July 1, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) reminds all those applying for a first-time driver’s license or identification card will be required to provide two forms of identification proving California residency, instead of just one.

Acceptable documents to prove California residency include: Mortgage bill, medical documents, rental or lease agreement (must have signatures of both the owner/landlord and the tenant/resident), deed or title of residential real property, employee documents or home utility bills (including cellular phone).

The new requirements apply to all first-time applicants, including commercial, motorcycle and Class C.

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  1. So if what this says is true, my 18 year old granddaughter who still lives at home with her parents and works and therefore has none of the listed documents in her name, cannot get a license or id card until she moves into her own apartment. Talk about Catch 22. Especially if the apartment manager wants a picture id card to rent the apartment.

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