DC to begin issuing Limited Purpose driver’s license and ID

Mark Yelich, Senior Attorney
Monday, April 28, 2014 - 8:30am
Mark Yelich

The District of Columbia will begin issuing Limited Purpose driver’s licenses and identification cards effective May 1, 2014. We previously discussed the recent trend where some states have passed new laws allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses. To qualify, DC applicants must have never been issued a social security number, previously been issued a social security number but no longer eligible, or not be eligible for a social security number. The Limited Purpose credential will be restricted and contain the following notation: “not for official federal purposes.” This means the Limited Purpose driver’s license cannot be used as a List B document to establish employment eligibility when completing a Form I-9. To qualify, first-time applicants must have resided in DC for at least six months and must present the required documents listed on the DC DMV website. The DC DMV will require applicants to make an appointment to obtain a Limited Purpose driver license. Interested applicants should visit the DC DMV website for additional information. Limited Purpose Credential FAQs are available here .