How Can You Apply for a Driver's License Online?


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The first step in applying for a driver's license online is to consult the relevant state guidelines on DMV.org. Some states don't allow online license applications, but application rules typically depend on the local DMV office.

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The DMV website provides an office finder to identify which local DMV offices accept online applications. Some offices do not accept online applications due to the large amount of documentation required for a driver's license.

In Alabama, individuals must provide photo ID or three other forms of identification. One of these forms must include an item from the primary list, such as a birth certificate or passport. The DMV also needs a Social Security number via a copy of the card or a W-9 form. Applicants 19 or under in Alabama must also provide proof of school enrollment or graduation. All applicants must provide $5.

Some DMV offices are equipped to take some or all of the documentation and payment online, but many do not. In all cases, only the application may be completed online, since every state requires a vision test, written test and driving test with a DMV representative to qualify for a license, all of which must be completed at a DMV office.

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