Acceptable Forms of Identification


Primary Identification is required to establish proof of the identity of the person requesting a protected vital record. Acceptable items must be current and valid and contain the applicant's name and photograph that establishes the applicant's identity. Acceptable forms of Primary Identification are:

Must Provide One

  1. State-issued Driver License or Identification Card
    • Florida Licenses can be expired up to 1 year past expiration date
    • Licenses from other states can be expired up to 1 month past the expiration date

  2. Passport
  3. Military ID, DD Form 2
    • Active has green background
    • Retired has blue background
    • White is a common access card

  4. Military Dependent ID, active or retired, DD 1173
  5. Learner's Permit (Instruction Driver's Permit if over 18 years of age)
  6. Some types of foreign ID as primary
  7. Resident Alien Card, Form 1-551 (permanent resident card)
  8. ID card issued by the US Department of Justice - Immigration and Naturalization, Form I-197
  9. Non-Immigrant Visa
  10. Alien Registration Card
  11. Temporary Resident Card
  12. Non-Immigrant Visa / Border Crossing Card
  13. Military Common Access Card
  14. ID card issued by US Department of Certificate of Naturalization
  15. Inmate ID card issued on or after January 1, 1991, by the Florida Department of Corrections
  16. Inmate ID issued by the US Department of Justice
  17. Pilot's License
  18. Concealed Weapons License
  19. US Employment Authorization Card

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If a Primary Identification is not available, three Secondary Identification items of different types may be used to establish proof of identity. These forms combined must confirm the applicant's name, signature, or identifiable photo of the applicant. Acceptable forms of Secondary Identification are:

Must Provide Three

  1. Valid Vehicle Registration
  2. Vehicle Insurance Card
  3. Vehicle Title
  4. Current Traffic Citation
  5. Recent DMV Receipt for Fines Paid
  6. Consular Report of Birth Abroad of a Citizen of the USA, FS 240
  7. Employment Photo ID with notarized statement from employer indicating they are currently employed
  8. School Photo ID with notarized statement from school indicating they are currently enrolled
  9. Credit / Debit card with photo
  10. Health insurance card
  11. Life insurance policy
  12. US Military Discharge papers, DD 214
  13. US Selective Service card (if through the school system)
  14. Veterans’ Administration (VA) card
  15. Motor vehicle operator’s license (photograph not included)
    • Note: a temporary driving permit is not acceptable

  16. Voter registration card
  17. Social security card
  18. Employment ID (photograph not included), with notarized statement from employer indicating they are currently employed
  19. Marriage license
  20. W-2 form (within past 3 years)
  21. Property tax bill
  22. Medicaid, or other social services form or identification
  23. Bill or other piece of mail addressed to applicant at the address he/she is providing; can use only one of these as part of the three
  24. Justice- Immigration and Naturalization, Form I-197