List of Valid ID

CA Secretary of State Valid ID per Civil Code section 1185 (b)(3) and (4)

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displaySection.xhtml?sectionNum=1185&lawCode=CIV

(A) An identification card or driver’s license issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles.

(B) A passport issued by the Department of State of the United States.

(C) An inmate identification card issued by the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, if the inmate is in custody in prison.

(D) Any form of inmate identification issued by a sheriff’s department, if the inmate is in custody in a local detention facility.

(4) Reasonable reliance on the presentation of any one of the following, provided that a document specified in subparagraphs (A) to (F), inclusive, shall either be current or have been issued within five years and shall contain a photograph and description of the person named on it, shall be signed by the person, and shall bear a serial or other identifying number:

(A) A valid consular identification document issued by a consulate from the applicant’s country of citizenship, or a valid passport from the applicant’s country of citizenship.

(B) A driver’s license issued by a state other than California or by a Canadian or Mexican public agency authorized to issue driver’s licenses.

(C) An identification card issued by a state other than California.

(D) An identification card issued by any branch of the Armed Forces of the United States.

(E) An employee identification card issued by an agency or office of the State of California, or by an agency or office of a city, county, or city and county in this state.

(F) An identification card issued by a federally recognized tribal government.

 

Department of Justice Valid ID

 

Primary Form of Identification

  • California, Out of State or Canadian Driver’s License*
  • Department of Motor Vehicles Identification Card
  • U.S. Passport or U.S. Passport Card
  • Federal Government Personal Identity Verification Card (PIV)
  • Uniformed Services Identification Card
  • Department of Defense Common Access Card
  • Foreign Passport with Appropriate Immigration Document(s) (e.g., Form I-94)
  • USCIS – Permanent Resident Card (I-551)
  • USCIS – Employment Authorization Card (I-766)
  • Federal, State, or Local Government Agency ID Card with Photograph
  • U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Card

* For those applicants without a license, a state identification card may be presented if the state identification card standards are the same as for the driver’s license.

Secondary Forms of Identification (2 forms required)

In absence of a Primary Form of Identification, an applicant shall provide at least two of the following forms of secondary identification AND at least two additional forms of the supporting documentation that follows:

  • State Government Issued Certificate of Birth
  • U.S. Tribal or Bureau of Indian Affairs Identification Card
  • Native American tribal document
  • Social Security Card
  • Court Order for Name Change/Gender Change/Adoption/ Divorce
  • Marriage Certificate (Government Certificate Issued)
  • U.S. Government Issued Consular Report of Birth Abroad
  • Draft record
  • School ID with photograph (minimum age 7 years old, or transaction will be rejected by DOJ)*
  • Certificate of Citizenship (N560)
  • Replacement Certificate of Citizenship (N-561)
  • Certificate of Naturalization (N550)
  • Replacement Certificate of Naturalization (N-570)

Supporting Documentation for Secondary Forms of Identification (2 forms required)

NOTE: When validating the authenticity of secondary forms of identification, the information must be supported by at least two of the following supplemental documents: 

  • Utility Bill (Address)
  • Jurisdictional Voter Registration Card
  • Vehicle Registration Card/Title
  • Paycheck Stub with Name/Address*
  • Jurisdictional Public Assistance Card
  • Spouse/Parent Affidavit

* Financial information may be redacted by the individual