West Virginians Have More Requirements and Options for Driver's License

By: Sarah Sager Email
By: Sarah Sager Email

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The requirements to get a West Virginia driver's license have become stricter.

Anyone looking to renew or receive a new driver's license is required to show their birth certificate, Social Security card and two proofs of West Virginia residency with their address and name. Anyone changing their name will have to bring two documents proving that change, as well.

The new requirements went into effect at the beginning of January, but they've been in the works since the terror attacks of 2001.

West Virginia driver Kenny McPherson went to renew his license and change his address Monday.

"I had to bring my birth certificate, Social Security card, some kind of gas bill, electric bill. It’s more than I had to bring the last time,” McPherson said.

Drivers can now choose to get a federal or non-federal license. If they choose a federal license, they’ll be issued a temporary card. The permanent one will be sent within 10 business days.

By the year 2017, DMV representatives tell WSAZ.com everyone will be required to have a federal license to enter a federal facility or airport.

"What I’ve read and what I believe is that in the future ... if you don't have the federal identification license of an ID card, you may be required to bring additional documentation," Public Information Director Natalie Harvey said.

Federal licenses are not currently a requirement.

DMV representatives say the process to get a new or renewed license has been better understood within the last month.

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