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State Laws Extending Driving Privileges to All Residents - District Of Columbia

Bill/Statute: B 20-275

Year Law Enacted: 2013

Effective Date: May 1, 2014

Name of Document Issued: Driver's License


What are the eligibility requirements?

  • Prove that you have resided in the District of Columbia for longer than 6 months
  • Prove that you have not been assigned a social security number or that you are ineligible for one
  • Provide proof of identity, date of birth, and residency                                                                                                                                                                                             
  • Meet other licensure eligibility requirements 

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How long is the card valid?

The license will be valid for 8 years.


Are there distinguishing features or language on the license?

The license will include (in the smallest font possible) the following language: "Not for federal official purposes."


Is there an anti-discrimination provision in the law?

Yes, the license shall not be used to consider an individual’s citizenship or immigration status, or as a basis for a criminal investigation, arrest, or detention.


Is there a data confidentiality provision in the law?

Yes, information relating to legal presence shall not be disclosed to any person or any federal, state, or local governmental entity except as necessary to comply with a legally issued warrant or subpoena.         


This summary was prepared in January 2014 for informational purposes only and is not intended as legal advice. For questions, please contact CLINIC’s State & Local Advocacy Attorney Jen Riddle at or (301) 565-4807. 

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