Anyone who operates a motor vehicle on public roads in Idaho is required to have a valid driver’s license.
Students attending a college or university in Idaho and members of the U.S. Military on active duty and their dependents who hold a valid driver’s license from another state or country and who claim residency in that state or country are not required to obtain an Idaho driver’s license.
Documents Required for Licensing
If you are a new applicant for a driver’s license, instruction permit, identity card, or driver training permit, you are required to provide the following documents:
- Driver Training Completion
- Foreign Drivers License (if applicable)
- Liability Signer if under 18
- Non-Idaho Driver’s License or I.D. Cards
- Proof of Age and Identity
- Proof of Idaho Residency
- Social Security Card
- Verification of School Compliance (VOC) if under 18
- Proof of Legal Presence if not a U.S. Citizen
- Visual / Medical Certification (if required)
Anyone under 17 needs to be signed up with a driver's training school BEFORE coming in to get a permit.
Driver Privilege Cards and Certain Class D Licenses are Not Acceptable for Identity
Many states continue to offer their residents “driver privilege” cards, which are intended for the sole purpose of permitting an individual to lawfully operate a motor vehicle (not for identity), while other states have begun to issue their standard class D licenses without the requirement for applicants to prove lawful presence.
As such, effective immediately, the following states’ class D licenses will no longer be acceptable for proof of identity since the Idaho Department of Transportation is unable to determine the extent to which an applicant’s identity or lawful presence was examined through the issuance of their current credential. Only Real IDs (Star Cards) from these states will be acceptable proof of identity.
- District of Columbia
- New Mexico
- New York
- New Jersey
These states’ standard Class D license and Reals IDs will continue to be acceptable for proof of identity