Driver Services

Statement on the Federal Immigration Program

Statement on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program

Arizona law restricts the issuance of an Arizona driver license or identification card to individuals whose presence in the United States is authorized under federal law.

Multiple federal agencies* — including the administering agency of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) — have determined that individuals who receive Deferred Action are not considered to be lawfully present or have any legal status. This conclusion is consistent with the Governor's Executive Order 2012-06, which states:

"The issuance of Deferred Action or Deferred Action USCIS employment authorization documents to unlawfully present aliens does not confer upon them any lawful or authorized status and does not entitle them to any additional public benefit."

Accordingly, DACA documents are insufficient for the purpose of obtaining an Arizona driver license or identification card.

Here is a list of documents that may be used by the Motor Vehicle Division to establish identity, age and lawful presence as required by federal law (full list).

For details on the process of applying for an Arizona credential through the Motor Vehicle Division, visit the MVD Services page.

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*Includes the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.