Obtaining A New Idaho Drivers License

Applying for a new drivers license in Idaho? The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has a process in place for getting a driverse license, which requires exams and documentation. We've collected up-to-date information, and links to useful resources, to help save you time when going through the process. Select from the options below to get started. 

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1: Get Started with Online Application Assistance

Application assistance services can simplify the process for many DMV related services for a fee, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. In addition to assistance in preparing official forms, the value added services and products you will receive include a comprehensive Easy Guide™ containing information relevant to your service needs; 30 days of both emergency Roadside Assistance and the Repair Assist consultation service from Road America. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips, trends, legislative updates and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.

2: By mail

Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the DMV in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local DMV.

3: Via a DMV office

If your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at your local DMV office. Varying DMV offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the DMV closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your DMV allows you to make a personal appointment.

Obtaining an Idaho Drivers License

If you are new to the state of Idaho, you must apply for a new license within 90 days of becoming a resident.

When visiting the closest sheriff's driver licensing office, you will need to bring the following to apply for your new Idaho drivers license:

  • Proof of residency:
    • Rental agreement
    • Utility bills
    • School enrollment records
    • Mortgage documents
  • Proof of identity:
    • Current out of state driver's license
    • Original naturalization/citizenship document
    • Certified original birth certificate or certified abstract
    • Valid Immigration and Naturalization card from the Department of Homeland Security
    • U.S. Military photo identification card
    • U.S. passport or passport card
    • Valid foreign passport with a valid U.S. visa
    • Idaho concealed weapons permit not expired for one year or more
    • Veteran's Universal Access Card with photo
    • Native American ID card with photo
  • Proof of lawful presence:
    • Certified birth certificate
    • Certification of birth abroad
    • Certificate of Naturalization/Citizenship
    • Permanent Resident card or Resident Alien card
    • Employment Authorization card
    • Valid foreign passport with valid U.S. visa and I-94 (Arrival/Departure record)

You will also need your Social Security card, and if applicable, a certificate proving any mental or physical conditions that may affect your driving. Drivers under 18 will need a parent or guardian present to apply for a new Idaho drivers license.


  • Pass a vision exam
  • Pass a written test
  • Pass a skills test

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