New NYS Driver’s License Requirement for Individual Tax Returns

Beginning with Tax Year 2016, New York State is requiring additional identification to help prevent identity theft.  If a New York State personal income tax return is filed for 2016 and the filer has a New York driver’s license, the following information is required.

  • License Number
  • Issue Date
  • Expiration Date
  • Document Number


Depending on when the license was issued, the Document Number is typically found in the bottom right corner on the front of the license or on the back of the license.

All tax professionals will be requesting this information in order to comply with the filing requirements.

When submitting tax return information, please provide the required driver’s license information stated above. If you are providing a copy of the license, please be sure to provide both sides of the license. If a return is prepared for a dependent that has a New York driver’s license, the information will be required for the dependent as well. Also if you are a New York resident and you do not possess a New York driver’s license, please inform your preparer.

John Rosenberger, CPA, CGMA