What Counts As Proof of Residency In Indiana?

Did you know that Indiana accepts insurance policies as proof of residency for your Indiana Real ID?
Written by Liz Jenson
Reviewed by Pat Roache
You can use insurance policies, bank statements, and even utility bills as forms of proof of residency when applying for your Real ID in
When you update your current driver’s license or get a new license, you’ll be asked to show proof of residency. But what is proof of residency and which documents are recognized as valid proof of residency in Indiana?
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What documents can be used as proof of residency in Indiana?

When applying for a
Real ID in Indiana
, you’ll need to provide four to five different types of documentation:
  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of any changes in name, date of birth, or gender (if applicable)
  • Proof of lawful status in the United States
  • Proof of social security
  • Proof of Indiana residency
You’ll only need one of each of these documents except Proof of Residency. To sufficiently prove your residency in Indiana, you’ll be asked to show two different documents that list your name, your current address of residence, and the date.
Documents that count as proof of residency in Indiana include:
  • Computer-generated bill from a utility company, credit card company, doctor, or hospital that contains your full name and address of residence. The bill must have been issued within 60 days of the date you visit a BMV branch to be accepted.
  • Bank statement dated within 60 days of your BMV visit
  • Pre-printed pay stub dated within 60 days of your BMV visit
  • Medicaid or Medicare benefit statement dated within 60 days of your BMV visit
  • ​​U.S. Postal Service change of address confirmation
  • Indiana voter registration card for the current or immediately prior election year
  • Indiana property survey
  • Residence mortgage or a similar loan contract
  • A lease or rental contract
  • A current motor vehicle loan payment book
  • Valid homeowners insurance, valid renters insurance, or a valid
    car insurance
    policy dated within one year of your BMV visit
  • W-2 Form, property tax, excise tax bill dated within the past year
  • Social Security Administration or other pension or retirement annual benefits summary statement, dated within the past year
  • Indiana Child Support payment check stubs dated within 60 days of your BMV visit
  • A valid Indiana handgun permit
  • First-class mail from any federal or state court or agency, dated within 60 days of your BMV visit
  • Public or private school records if they indicate an enrolled student’s name and residence address.
  • A valid and active ID card issued according to the Indiana Attorney General’s address confidentiality program under IC 5-26.5
You can use any of these documents for your Indiana Real ID—just make sure you bring printed, physical copies! Don’t forget that you’ll need two documents to prove your residency, so choose a couple of different options from this list.

What documents do not qualify as proof of residency in Indiana?

While the BMV accepts a lot of different things as proof of residency in Indiana, you can’t just bring in any document with your name and address! Some things that don’t qualify as proof of residency in Indiana include:
  • Bond receipts
  • Business cards
  • Club or fraternity membership cards
  • College or university ID cards
  • Department of Human Services (DHS) cards
  • Fishing and hunting licenses
  • Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) cards
  • Handwritten IDs or employment cards
  • International driving permits
  • Library cards
  • Personal mail (ie, any type of mail not specifically listed above)
  • Tickets from a traffic citation or arrest
  • Wallet IDs

What qualifies as proof of identity in Indiana?

You’ll also need to provide proof of identity to get your Real ID. This category can be a little tricky, too, since it’s hard to know which types of documents apply! You can get your Real ID using one of the following documents as proof of identity:
  • An unexpired U.S. Passport or U.S. Passport Card
  • Original or certified copy of a birth certificate filed with a U.S. state in your state of birth
  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) issued by the U.S. Department of State
  • Certificate of Citizenship
  • Certificate of Naturalization issued by DHS
  • An unexpired Permanent Resident Card
  • An unexpired foreign passport in your name with English subtitles or translation, if presented with an unexpired U.S. Visa and an approved I-94
  • An unexpired foreign passport without a U.S. Visa, if your authorized admittance and lawful status can be verified by DHS
  • An unexpired Employment Authorization Card
  • An unexpired Indiana Real ID card
Most of these documents can also be used as proof of lawful status. Don’t forget, you’ll need to provide proof of Social Security (via a Social Security card, W-2 form, or 1099 form) in order to obtain your Real ID!
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