Driver's Licenses and ID Cards

There are TWO types Driver's Licenses & ID Cards

You have the choice between a Not For Federal Use driver’s license or ID card, or a REAL ID/For Federal Use card that contains a gold star, indicating that the card meets full federal requirements for future use at airports and other designated federal facilities and uses nationwide. Details of how Federal Government will implement this requirement have not been released.

Applicants applying for, renewing, or obtaining a duplicate driver’s license or ID card are required to provide specific documents. The documents you need to bring to the DMV depends on what type of card you choose. Due to processing and shipping costs, an additional $10.00 fee is required to obtain a FOR REAL ID/For Federal Use card.

Renew your driver's license online 
 

If you change your address you are required to notify, in writing, the DMV within 20 days of the change. Failure to do this subjects you to a possible fine or imprisonment. Simply notifying the US Post Office will NOT update your record with the DMV or allow important DMV mail to be forwarded to you. By failing to change your address with the DMV, you could miss the renewal date of your license, or even have your driving privileges suspended or revoked unnecessarily.

To change your address with DMV use the Change of Address form found on the forms and applications page here.

Immigrants

Immigrants who are applying for a learners permit, driver's license, or identification card are required to provide the following documents:

  • One of the following:
    • An INS Form I-551 Alien Registration Receipt Card
    • A valid Temporary I-551 stamp in Foreign Passport (with English translation) or on INS Form I-94
    • Valid re-entries permit INS Form I-327
  • Social Security Card
  • 2 Proofs of WV residency

Non-Immigrants

Non-Immigrants applying for learners permit, driver's license, or identification card are required to provide the following documents:

  • Social Security Card
  • 2 Proofs of WV residency
  • A valid foreign passport with English translation
  • A form I-94
  • A visa issued by the United States if the applicant is from a nation whose citizens are required by the United States to obtain a visa
  • All original INS documents to verify status and length of authorized stay
  • If the applicants status is F-1 or F-2 a form I-20 and a written verification of attendance at the school listed on from I-20 (not more than 20 days old) is required
  • If the applicant’s status is H1-A, H1-B, H-3, or H-4, written verification (not more than 30 days old) from employer is required
  • If the applicant’s status is J-1, or J-2, a form DS2019 and written verification of employment or attendance at the school listed on from DS2019 (not more than 30 days old) is also required

Refugee

Refugees applying for learner’s permit, driver's license, or identification cards are required to provide the following documents:

  • Social Security Card
  • INS Form I-94 showing grant of refugee status
  • A Reception and Placement Program Assurance Form
  • Written verification of identity and WV residency presented by an employee of sponsoring organization approved by the United States Department of State to resettle refugees in WV

Applicants who are refugees who do not have an approved sponsoring organization or an asylee shall provide the following:

  • 2 Proofs of WV residency
  • Social Security Card
  • Form INS I-94 stamped Refugee/Asylee
  • Form I-688 B and I-766 Employment Authorization Document