How to Get Your California ID Card After Your DACA Case Is Approved

Once your DACA application has been approved and you receive your Social Security Number (SSN), the DMV may issue you an Identification Card (I.D.). NOTE: You must obtain an SSN before applying for an I.D.

  • HOW DO I START THE PROCESS?
    • You can start your application once you have your work permit and your Social Security Number.
      • Apply for your ID card right after receiving your work permit and SSN. Your work permit must be valid for 60 days or more from the day you apply for your ID card.
    • Apply for your ID card in person at your local DMV office. To find your local DMV office and for faster service, make an appointment online at dmv.ca.gov or call (800) 777-0133.

 

  • WHAT DO I BRING TO MY DMV APPOINTMENT?
    • Your Social Security Number. (You do not need to bring your Social Security card.)
    • An original, paper document verifying your name and birth date, and proving your legal presence in the United States. DMV calls this document your “birth date/legal presence document.”
      • DMV will accept any document showing approval of your DACA case. Acceptable documents include:
        Employment Authorization Card (work permit issued by USCIS); or Notice of Action (I-797 Approved Petition) indicating approval of your DACA application.
      • A full list of accepted documents and current information is available on the DMV website.
    • Application fee is $27 for a new ID card. DMV accepts cash, check, money order, and debit card.

 

  • WHAT HAPPENS DURING MY DMV APPOINTMENT?
    • You will submit your application and your work permit or DACA approval notice, pay your application fee, have your photo taken, and give a thumbprint. DMV will verify your SSN during your appointment.
  • WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I APPLY?
    • DMV will verify your legal presence with USCIS. Once it has done so, DMV will mail your photo ID card. This can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months.
    • If the verification takes longer than 75 days, DMV will send you a letter telling you what is needed to complete the verification process.

 

  • WHEN WILL MY ID EXPIRE?
    • Your ID card will be considered “limited term” and will expire on the expiration date of your birth date/legal presence document.
      • For example, if your work permit expires 1 year from the day you apply for your ID card, your ID card will also expire in 1 year.
      • If your limited term ID card expires and you need an extension, you must provide a birth date/legal presence document that expires 60 or more days from the day you apply.

 

  • WHERE ARE THE NEAREST DMV FIELD OFFICES?
    • El Cerrito: 6400 Manila Avenue, El Cerrito 94530
    • Hayward: 150 Jackson Street, Hayward 94544
    • Oakland: 5300 Claremont Avenue, Oakland 94618
    • Coliseum: 501 85th Avenue, Oakland 94621
    • Redwood City: 300 Brewster Ave., Redwood City 94063
    • San Francisco: 1377 Fell Street, San Francisco 94117
    • San Jose: 111 W. Alma Avenue, San Jose 95110
    • San Mateo: 425 N. Amphlett Blvd., San Mateo 94401

For more information visit: https://www.dmv.ca.gov or call (800) 777-0133. Information Provided by the UC Berkeley School of Law, International Human Rights Clinic