A valid government-issued photo identification at the time of background check initiation that displays the buyers;
- Full legal name
- Date of birth
- Current residential address
Example: Driver’s License or State Issued Identification Card
– Utah temporary (paper) driver’s licenses ARE accepted.
– A handwritten sticker showing an address change on the back WILL NOT be accepted.
– Identification that is expired WILL NOT be accepted.
As explained by the ATF:
- The identification document presented by the transferee must have a photograph of the transferee, as well as the transferee’s name, residence address, and date of birth. The identification document must also be valid (e.g., unexpired) and have been issued by a governmental entity for the purpose of identification of individuals. An example of an acceptable identification document is a current driver’s license.
A combination of government-issued documents may be used to meet the requirements of an identification document. For example, a passport that contains the name, date of birth, and photograph of the holder may be combined with a voter or vehicle registration card containing the residence address of the transferee in order to comply with the identification document requirements. A passport issued by a foreign government is also acceptable so long as it has all of the required information.*
See Important Information Below For Utah Requirements.
- Whether a hunting license or permit issued by a retailer meets the definition of an identification document is State law specific. This license or permit meets the definition of an identification document if the State in which the retailer is located has authorized the retailer to supply State issued documents. If the State recognizes the hunting license or permit as government-issued, then this license or permit would qualify as being government-issued for the purposes of supplementing another government-issued identification document.
A description of the location of the residence on an identification document, such as a rural route, is sufficient to constitute a residence address provided the purchaser resides in a State or locality where it is considered to be a legal residence address.
[18 U.S.C. 922(t); 27 CFR 478.11 and 478.124]
As provided by a Brady Supervisor at the Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI)
“Utah requires a driver’s license or ID card from a state that can be verified by our system in Rule 722-380.”
R722-380-3. Verification of Identification.
(1) For purposes of a criminal history background check as established in Section 76-10-526, the only form of photo identification the bureau shall accept is a driver’s license or identification card that may be accessed through the issuing state’s database and verified as a valid form of identification.
“If the address is not correct on the driver’s license or ID card, Utah does allow any government-issued document to be used as long as it has the current address. This could come from a municipality, state, or federal document. So there are many documents or letters that could be used for this alternative to the address not being correct. The FFL would have to see one of these documents to add to his FFL paperwork in support of a new address.”
“A city bill would work, but something like Rocky Mountain power would not work because it’s not a government agency. If you use taxes or registration, they have to be the current year.”
– Our Addition: A current hunting or fishing license with the individual’s current address will also be accepted because it is issued by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) since it is a government agency.
If you maintain property (a home) in another state see the FAQ “What constitutes residency in a state” for more information about the ability to purchase firearms in multiple states.