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Driver license or state identification required

Beginning with Tax Year 2016, the taxpayer’s driver license or state identification information is now required. If the taxpayer and/or spouse has been issued a driver license or state identification card, they are required to provide that information to be entered into the software. Taxpayers must provide the ID number, issuing state, issuing date, and expiration date for all licenses or identification cards. If the taxpayer license/ID is a New York State driver license or non-driver ID, the document number found on the license/ID must also be entered. (Note: for married filing joint returns, enter only one document number.)

In the event that a taxpayer does not have a driver license or state-issued ID, you will be prompted by the software to indicate this. If the taxpayer does not have either a driver license or state-issued ID—or is deceased—marking the check box indicating that they have neither will fulfill the new requirement. We are requiring this information as an additional means of validating the taxpayer’s identification, and not having the information will not cause delays. However, if all other efforts to validate the taxpayer’s identity are unsuccessful, the processing of the refund may be delayed.

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Updated: January 20, 2017