What Counts as Proof of Residency in Minnesota?

ID cards, pay stubs, rental agreements, utility bills and more can all be used as proof of Minnesota residency. Find the full list of accepted documents here.
Written by David Ghanizadeh-Khoob
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There are many documents that are accepted as proof of residency in Minnesota. You will typically need to provide two documents containing your full name and current address that have been issued within the last 12 months.
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What documents can be used as proof of residency in Minnesota?

To obtain a Real ID-compliant or enhanced driver’s license or ID in Minnesota, you will have to provide a handful of documents to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety
Driver and Vehicle Services
. Here are the documents that you need:
  • One document proving identity that includes your date of birth and lawful status in the US
  • One document proving your social security number (SSN)
  • Two documents proving current Minnesota residency
If you recently changed your name and the name on your documents is different from your current name, you will also need to submit a name change document like a certificate of marriage, certified divorce decree, or court order.
The handful of documents that can be used to prove your SSN include:
  • Social Security card
  • Federal W2 form
  • Federal 1099 form with your Social Security Number
  • Printed US employment pay stub with name, address, and social security number.
To obtain a standard driver's license, you will have to provide fewer documents, just one “primary” and one “secondary” document proving identity. 
Primary documents are things like a birth certificate, passport, adoption paper, or certificate of naturalization. Secondary documents are either a second primary document or something like an out-of-state driver’s license, marriage certificate, or student card. A full list of accepted documents for a standard driver’s license can be found
here
.

What documents qualify as proof of Minnesota residency?

There is a long list of documents that can be used as proof of Minnesota residency for a Real ID or enhanced driver’s license. All submitted documents must be original copies and must contain your full name and current address. In most cases, documents must have been issued within 12 months prior to submission.
Here are all of the documents that would be accepted:
  • Valid Minnesota driver's license or instruction permit
  • Valid Minnesota ID card
  • Home utility bill
  • US Financial statements (with account numbers redacted, including a bank account statement, credit card statement, brokerage account statement, or money market account statement
  • A certified transcript from a Minnesota high school, college, or university issued no more than 180 days before your application
  • Employment pay stub containing your full name and current address
  • Valid Minnesota professional license containing your current address
  • Home utility services hook-up work order
  • Minnesota unemployment insurance benefit statement
  • A statement from a housing-with-services building registered under chapter 144D, a nursing home licensed under chapter 144A, or a boarding care facility licensed under sections 144.50 to 144.56
  • A copy of your policy or card for health, automobile, homeowner's, or renter's insurance
  • Federal or state income tax return for the most recent tax year
  • Minnesota property tax statement for the current or prior year or a proposed Minnesota property tax notice for the current year 
  • Minnesota vehicle certificate of title 
  • Property deed or title 
  • Supplemental security income award statement
  • Mortgage documents for your primary residence
  • A lease agreement for your principal residence
  • Valid selective service card
  • Military orders that are still in effect at the time of application.
  • Cellular phone bill
  • A valid hunting or fishing license

What documents do not qualify as proof of residency in Minnesota

The list above contains just about every document that can be used as proof of residency in Minnesota. If you have a document that you want to submit that is not on the above list, it probably will not be approved, however, you can contact the Minnesota Driver and Vehicle Services to check. 
Some examples of documents that do not qualify as proof of residency in Minnesota include:
  • Bond receipts
  • Business card
  • Club membership card
  • College or university ID card
  • Unofficial (i.e. commercially produced) ID card
  • Handwritten ID or employment card
  • Minnesota auto registration card
  • Minnesota concealed carry card
  • Minnesota FOID card
  • International driving permit
  • Library card
  • Personal mail 
  • Ticket from a traffic citation or arrest
  • Loan papers from an unlicensed financial institution
  • Video club membership card
  • Wallet ID
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What qualifies for proof of identity in Minnesota?

The final group of documents that you need to submit when applying for a Real ID or enhanced driver’s license is a document proving identity and legal presence in the US.
The accepted proof of identity documents are:
  • Valid US passport
  • Original or certified copy of US or US territory birth certificate
  • Certified report of birth abroad (form FS-240, DS-1350, or FS-545) issued by the US Department of State
  • Valid permanent resident card (Form I551)
  • Certificate of naturalization (Form N-550 or N-570)
  • Certificate of citizenship (Form N-560 or Form N-561)
  • Unexpired employment authorization document (form I-766 or I-688B)
  • Valid foreign passport and a valid US visa accompanied by a form I-94 (If the form I-94 is endorsed “DS” then a Form I-20, Form DS-2019, or Form I-551​ is required)
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