What Counts As Proof of Residency In Alabama?

You can use a utility bill or vehicle registration documents as proof of residency in Alabama, but personal mail won’t count.
Written by James Ellaby
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
Utility bills, vehicle registration documents, and tax returns can all be used as proof of residency in
To get an
Alabama driver’s license
, you’ll need to prove to the Secretary of State that you’re a permanent resident of Alabama. You’ll need certain documents to prove who you are, like a U.S. birth certificate or valid U.S. passport, but you’ll also need to have documents that verify your Alabama address.

What documents can be used as proof of residency in Alabama?

To obtain an Alabama driver’s license or
, you’ll need to provide the office of the Secretary of State with four identification documents. These need to provide proof of your:
  • Identity
  • Date of birth
  • Social Security number
  • Address of principal residence (within Alabama)
For a standard first-time driver’s license, you need two forms of identification. At least one of these must have a photograph, and one needs to be from a ‘primary list.’ Additionally, you’ll need your Social Security card and two proofs of principal residence.
To provide proof of residency in Alabama, you need two items from the following list:
  • Voter Registration Card
  • Residential Mortgage Contract
  • Current Lease or Rental agreement for housing
  • Proof of payment of residential property tax (Homestead)
  • Previous year tax returns bearing your address
  • Vehicle registration
    bearing your name and address
  • Utility bill (Water, Gas, or Electric) less than 90 days old
  • Any State or Federal Court documents indicating residence address
  • School enrollment documentation
  • Defense Department Form 214 (Report of Separation)
  • Sex offender registration documents
  • Current homeowners insurance policy with name and address
  • Social Security benefits statements/summary mailed to your physical address
  • U.S. or State Government check or other document mailed to your physical address
  • Military Orders documenting duty station and place of residence.
Any of these documents can be used as proof of residency in the state of Alabama for a driver’s license application. For a STAR ID card, you’ll need two documents from that list—and only one can qualify as an “official electronic statement.” 
One more thing to remember: all documents must be original. A photocopy of your state ID or property tax bill won’t satisfy the requirement.
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What qualifies for proof of identity in Alabama?

As we mentioned earlier, there are two levels of identity proof accepted in Alabama—‘primary’ and ‘secondary’ forms of ID. The ‘primary list’ includes: 
  • Certified U.S. birth certificate issued by an agency designated by state or federal authority
  • Unexpired U.S. passport
  • Alabama identification card
  • Alabama driver license
  • Certificate of naturalization
  • Certificate of citizenship
  • U.S. certificate of birth abroad
  • Resident alien card
  • Valid foreign passport with valid U.S. immigration document
‘Secondary’ identification documents include: 
  • U.S. state-issued driver's license or non-driver ID card
  • Current international driver's license/permit
  • U.S. armed forces driver's license
  • U.S. military DD-214
  • Professional license issued by a state or federal agency
  • Selective Service card
  • Veterans Administration card
  • Current medical insurance identification card
  • U.S. military ID card
  • ID card issued by school with photo
  • School enrollment form (DL-1/93)
  • Certified school record
  • Certified letter from school
  • GED certificate
  • Certificate of graduation
  • W-2 tax form, along with a copy of the previous year’s filed forms (tax return)
  • Documents from court of record
  • Divorce decree
  • Adoption decree
  • Name-change decree
  • Bankruptcy decree
  • Probation or release documents issued by state or federal department of correction with photo ID card issued by the same authority, or felon ID card issued by the sheriff of the county of your release
If utility bills or other similar documents feature the name of your spouse or parent, you’ll also need to produce a marriage certificate or birth certificate.
For a
Learner License
, which is available from the age of 15 in Alabama, you need to have: 
  • U.S. birth certificate (certified and issued by the Bureau of Vital Statistics - no photocopies)
  • Social Security card
  • Acceptable proof of school enrollment or graduation
  • 2 Proofs of Principal Residence
  • $5 testing fee (no checks)
  • $36.25 to purchase license (no checks)
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