How to Show Proof of Residency Without Bills

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Anyone who wants to obtain a driver license or identification card must show proof of residency for the state in which they are applying. You'll usually need to provide two separate documents proving residency in that state. The acceptable documents may vary depending on which state you're applying in, but many applicants will show proof of residency in the form of a utility bill in their name, as it's a simple way to prove residency.

But what if you don't have any utilities in your name? Can you still show proof of residency without bills? Yes! There are a number of ways to show proof of residency without presenting bills. Again, this will vary depending on where you're applying for a driver license. Make sure to check with your agency to see which documents are accepted.

Here's a list of documents that are generally accepted as proof of residency without bills:

  • Medical or health card
  • W-2, 1099, or 1089 tax form from an employer, government, or financial entity for the most recent tax year
  • Pay stubs
  • Mail or printed electronic statements from a federal, state, county, or city government agency
  • Current documents issued by the US Military or Veterans Administration indicating residential address
  • Selective Service card
  • Bank statements
  • Voter registration card
  • High school or college transcripts from the current year

If you're living in a house owned by someone else, such as your parents, you can get a notarized document from the homeowners stating that you reside at that address. The statement must be notarized by a notary public in order to be accepted as proof of residency.