Introduction

Whether or not you can get a driver’s license without a Social Security number depends on where you live. Although having a SSN is a standard requirement nationwide, a handful of states will make an exception if a license applicant can meet additional requirements. These requirements vary between states, but a common one is for the driver to provide proof he is ineligible for a Social Security number but still legally authorized to be in the U.S.

Proof of Social Security Number

As part of the driver’s license application process, you usually need to provide proof of your Social Security number. Acceptable proof varies between states, but an original Social Security card is typically required. Some states, such as Indiana, will accept alternative proof in the form of a Form W-2, Form SSA-1099 or Non-SSA 1099, or pay stub with your name and SSN. If you have none of these items and your state requires a SSN to obtain a driver’s license, you must apply for a SSN if you’re eligible for one. If not, you can’t get a driver’s license in your state.