Documents for my real id

Assembling the required REAL ID documents is a 3-step process for most customers

*some extra steps may apply

  • Step 1: Prove your *full legal name and *date of birth & *authorized presence
  • Step 2: Prove your social security number
  • Step 3: Prove your Montana residency
  • Additional: Document ALL name changes

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Step 1

Name, Date of Birth & Authorized Presence

Provide ONE Document

  • Certified US birth certificate (cannot be a photocopy or picture)
  • Consular report of birth abroad
  • Valid unexpired US Passport and be verified by USPVS
  • Certificate of Naturalization
  • Certificate of Citizenship
  • Form 1-551 (Permanent Resident) and be verified by SAVE

Don’t have one of the above documents? Go to Step 1A

Step 2

Social Security Number

Provide ONE Document

  • Social Security Card (not laminated)
  • W-2 form
  • SSA-1099 form
  • Non-SSA-1099 form
  • Pay stub

Note: All documents must have your name and Social Security Number (SSN).

Step 3

Montana Residency

Provide TWO Documents (may be the same type)

  • Valid Montana credential
  • Utility bill
  • Phone bill
  • School transcript or report card
  • Vehicle registration or title
  • First-class mail with postmark
  • Rental agreement or rent receipt
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Note: All documents that you provide must have your name and physical address displayed on the document and be either unexpired or dated within one year.

Additional

Document Name Change(s)

Provide ONE Document per Name Change

  • Certified marriage license
  • Certified certificate of marriage
  • Certified dissolution of marriage
  • Certified divorce decree
  • Certificate of Naturalization
  • Certificate of Citizenship
  • Court order granting name change
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Note: When your current legal name doesn’t match the documents you submit, you must prove ALL legal name changes. MVD cannot accept an affidavit of common law marriage. MVD will accept foreign documents when translated.

Step 1

Name, Date of Birth & Authorized Presence

Provide ONE Document

  • Certified US birth certificate (cannot be a photocopy or picture)
  • Consular report of birth abroad
  • Valid unexpired US Passport and be verified by USPVS
  • Certificate of Naturalization
  • Certificate of Citizenship
  • Form 1-551 (Permanent Resident) and be verified by SAVE

Don’t have one of the above documents? Go to Step 1A

Step 2

Social Security Number

Provide ONE Document

  • Social Security Card (not laminated)
  • W-2 form
  • SSA-1099 form
  • Non-SSA-1099 form
  • Pay stub

Note: All documents must have your name and Social Security Number (SSN).

Step 3

Montana Residency

Provide TWO Documents (may be the same type)

  • Valid Montana credential
  • Utility bill
  • Phone bill
  • School transcript or report card
  • Vehicle registration or title
  • First-class mail with postmark
  • Rental agreement or rent receipt
  • View more

Note: All documents that you provide must have your name and physical address displayed on the document and be either unexpired or dated within one year.

Additional

Document Name Change(s)

Provide ONE Document per Name Change

  • Certified marriage license
  • Certified certificate of marriage
  • Certified dissolution of marriage decree
  • Certified divorce decree
  • Certificate of Naturalization
  • Certificate of Citizenship
  • Court order granting name change
  • View more

Note: When your current legal name doesn’t match the documents you submit, you must prove ALL legal name changes. MVD cannot accept an affidavit of common law marriage. MVD will accept foreign documents when translated.

Step 1a

Name & Date of Birth

Provide ONE Document

  • Valid unexpired out-of-state REAL ID driver license
  • Valid unexpired out-of-state REAL ID identification card
  • Form I-766 or Form I-688B unexpired employment authorization document
  • Unexpired foreign passport with a valid unexpired Us employment authorization document, accompanied by form I-94 or I-155 stamp

Step 1A Cont.

Authorized Presence

Provide TWO Documents (may not be the same type)

  • Valid unexpired out-of-state REAL ID driver license
  • Valid unexpired out-of-state REAL ID identification card
  • Form I-766 or Form I-688B unexpired employment authorization document
  • Unexpired foreign passport with a valid unexpired Us employment authorization document, accompanied by form I-94 or I-155 stamp
  • Documentation issued by a federal agency demonstrating authorized status

Additional Information

  • All documents must be unaltered, and some documents must be certified by the issuing agency. MVD must verify some documents through various systems
  • Minors do not need a REAL ID to fly if accompanied by an adult; however, they may still apply for a REAL ID. Additional information on establishing a minor’s residency is available. LEARN MORE
  • When providing proof of name changes, MVD will accept foreign documents when translated. Additional information is available on the requirements for a translated document. LEARN MORE
  • If you are unable to provide a required document, you may request “exceptions processing” for MVD approval. You must complete a form, have a good reason for the exception, and give additional or alternative documentation. LEARN MORE