Undocumented Immigrants can now get Driver Licenses in Virginia

As of January 1, 2021, Virginia joined fifteen other states that allow undocumented immigrants to receive driver licenses. This new law will permit an estimated 300,000 individuals to qualify for driver licenses.


Eligible applicants will now be able to obtain a “driver privilege card”. To be eligible, applicants must comply with the following requirements:

  • Paid income taxes in Virginia within 12 months of their application; or provide proof that they are claimed as a dependent on another individual’s tax return that was filed in Virginia 12 months before their application.
  • Not have driving privilege currently suspended or revoked in Virginia
  • Have resided in Virginia for at least 12 months
  • Have reliable or current income, with documentation such as paystubs
  • Have current motor vehicle insurance or pay a fee to the Commonwealth of Virginia.
  • Be at least sixteen years old and three months
    • *Applicants can obtain a driver’s privilege learners permit at 15 years and six months.


When applying, applicants must show:

  • Two proofs of identity
    • *Please click here and refer to Lists A and B here to know exactly what is required.
  • Proof of social security number (if applicant has been issued one) or individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN number)
  • Two proofs of Virginia residency
  • Tax return documentation


Applicants must also take and pass the driver’s exam before they can be issued a driver privilege card.   


A driver privilege card is not considered valid under the Federal Real ID Act. This means that it may not be used to board a flight or enter a secure federal facility. But it is a valid form of identification in the Commonwealth of Virginia.


For more information from the Virginia DMV website, please click here.


If you think that you are interested in getting a drivers license, but have questions or concerns, call Blaszkow Legal’s immigration department at 703-879-5910