The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy permits individuals who arrived in the United States before the age of 16 and who meet other requirements to remain in the U.S. for a renewable two-year period and to apply for a work permit. In most cases the policy opens up the opportunity for DACA beneficiaries to obtain a state driver’s license.
However, the rules governing eligibility for driver’s licenses vary by state. Therefore a grant of DACA does not automatically provide access to a state driver’s license. But DACA recipients who are granted deferred action and have new identification documents (work permit and Social Security card) generally can satisfy the state requirements for a driver’s license or state ID.