What Counts As Proof of Residency In Utah?

If you need to show proof of residency in Utah, you can use a utility bill, rental agreement, or mortgage statement, but you can’t just bring in random pieces of mail.
Written by Jennifer Justice
Edited by R.E. Fulton
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You can use recent utility bills, a rental agreement, or mortgage paperwork to show your current address if you need proof of residency at the DMV in
Utah
.
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What documents can be used as proof of residency in Utah?

Since Utah updated procedures to match REAL ID requirements, the Department of Public Safety needs multiple documents from you to prove your identity when applying for either a
Utah driver’s license
or
REAL ID
. You will need proof for the following: 
  • Identity (such as an official copy of a birth certificate, passport, or proof of legal immigration status)—one item
  • Social Security number (original Social Security card or a W-2/paystub that displays your whole SSN)—one item
  • Two documents of Utah residency (examples include a utility bill, official rental agreement, mortgage, etc.)—two items
If you are getting a Utah ID for the first time, you need one form of documentation each for your identity and Social Security number, but two documents proving your residency (so four total). You also need proof that you completed a driver’s ed course or have a driver’s license from another state.
If you need to renew an existing Utah license, but
your address has changed
, you need two documents proving your updated residence. You also need to fill out an online form, schedule an appointment with the local DMV, then bring your Utah driver’s license to your appointment, along with that proof of residency.
So what counts as official proof of where you live (proof of residency)? The documents must show both your name and the address where you live. You can use the following to help with documentation: 
  • Bank statements
  • Court documents
  • A current mortgage contract
  • A current rental agreement
  • Credit card bills
  • Property tax notification
  • School or college transcript
  • Utility bills
  • Vehicle title
These documents should be from the past three months. Anything older than 90 days might need to be reviewed before the record is accepted. You need two documents for proof of residency purposes. 
Be aware that you need the original versions—avoid electronic copies, print-offs, or photocopies. 

What documents do not qualify as proof of Utah residency?

Since Utah limits what counts as proof of residency, avoid anything that is not on the previous list. Examples of items to avoid include:
  • Copies of the listed documents—use originals
  • Records older than 90 days 
  • Random pieces of mail 
  • A school or university ID
  • A library card
  • Random bills, such as doctor’s bills
Be sure your documents are allowed based on Utah’s requirements, otherwise your initial application will be turned down.

What qualifies for proof of identity in Utah?

Since you also need to include proof of identity, you want to make sure you use the right type of document for this as well. As with proving your address, Utah limits what you can use to prove your identity. Depending on your citizenship status, you’ll need one of the following:
  • Certified copy of a birth certificate (laminated copies or hospital certifications are not accepted)
  • Up to date, official US passport or card
  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) from the US Department of State, Form FS-240, DS-1350, or FS545
  • Official, current Permanent Resident Card, Conditional Permanent Resident Card, Form I-551
  • Certificate of Naturalization issued by DHS, Form N-550 or Form N-570
  • Certificate of Citizenship, Form N-560 or Form N-561, issued by DHS
If your name differs from the one listed on the form, you will need official documentation of a legal name change, such as a marriage certificate. 

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Of course, once you’re done updating your driver’s license or REAL ID, you need to think about switching over your
car insurance
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