Driver Privilege Cards now available for Virginians who don’t meet requirements for standard license

Virginia DMV office in Roanoke, Virginia (WSLS 10)

If you don’t meet the requirements for a standard or REAL ID-compliant Virginia driver’s license, you may now be able to get a different type of license so you can drive.

Virginia is now offering driver privilege cards at the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.

You may be eligible to obtain a driver privilege card you meet the following criteria:

  • Non-U.S. citizen who is a resident of Virginia
  • Have reported income from Virginia sources or are claimed as a dependent on a tax return filed in Virginia in the past 12 months
  • Do not have a driving privilege that is currently suspended or revoked in Virginia or any other state, to include insurance-related infractions

If you meet the criteria above, here’s the documentation you’ll need in order to apply:

  • Two proofs of identity (e.g., foreign passport and Consular identification document issued by country of citizenship)
  • Two proofs of Virginia residency (e.g., monthly mortgage statement and utility bill)
  • Proof of Social Security number (if one has been issued) or the individual’s taxpayer identification number (e.g., W-2 form or ITIN letter)
  • Tax return documentation (e.g. Virginia Resident Form, Virginia Part-Year Resident Income Tax Return Form or Virginia Nonresident Income Tax Return Form, filed in the past 12 months)

All documents must be originals and are subject to verification; however, printouts of approved online residency documents may be accepted.

Applications will be accepted by appointment only; appointments can be made at

Click here to learn more details about applying for a Driver Privilege Card in Virginia.