A driver's license is such a common form of ID it's a big target for identity thieves. To discourage fraud, New Jersey requires someone applying for a driver's license to prove her identity. Possible identifying documents are each worth a number of points. You must score at least six points to get your license. Documents range in value from one to four points, and you can't use more than two one-point documents. New Jersey's online document selector can guide you through the process.
You must provide one piece of identification from the state's primary document list. Primary documents range from two to four points in value. Four-point documents include: •U.S. birth certificate. •Current U.S. passport. •Current New Jersey drivers license. •A certificate of U.S. citizenship. •A foreign passport with immigration or customs verification. •A refugee travel document. You can present an employment authorization card that includes your photo for three points. An alien registration card or temporary registration card counts for two points.
••New Jersey also requires you show one document from the secondary list.** These documents range from one to three points in value. The three-point list includes: •A marriage certificate or equivalent document. It has to be the original one, not a photocopy. •A valid divorce decree. •Military retiree card. •A valid New Jersey firearm purchaser card. Two-point documents include a valid United States school photo ID, provided you bring your transcript as well. A government employee photo ID or a pilot's license also qualify. A valid out-of-state license, a Social Security card, a health insurance card or a bank statement count for one point each
Address and Number
You must provide the Motor Vehicle Commission with your Social Security number. The MVC will compare your number, name and birth date to the records in the Social Security Administration's database. You need to provide at least one document showing your current address. This can be your high-school transcript, a property-tax bill, a lease agreement, a recent utility bill or a recent bank statement, among other choices. The document showing your address doesn't have to count toward your six points.
The state Motor Vehicle Commission recommends collecting your paperwork before you go in to apply. The documents must be either the original or a certified copy. In some cases, you'll have to contact the relevant state or federal agency if you don't have a copy on hand. Some documents also require a state or municipal seal to prove their authenticity. If marriage or divorce have changed your name from the one on your qualifying documents, bring in proof of the legal name change as well.