Does anyone have guidance on official interpretations of the following listed option for “Proof of Principal Residence” in the context of Alabama Driver's License issuance?:

U.S. or State Government check or other document mailed to applicants[sic] physical address

I have heard that e.g. a bank statement will not fulfil this option, but it's not clear.

So what is the official interpretation of this ambiguous phrasing?

  • Does it mean "governmental check, or other mailed document"?
  • Does it mean "mailed governmental check, or other mailed governmental document"?
  • Or has this still not been officially determined in either direction?

Personal anecdotes of particular situations would be extremely welcome as comments — however, as individual DMV employees can act incorrectly for many reasons, including discretionary malice, discretionary grace, ignorance of policy, incorrect training, computer system errors, etc., I am seeking an authoritative answer to put the question to rest for good (at least until the law / policy formally changes).

  • I myself have had bank statements accepted as proof-of-residency when changing my voter registration address within-state, in Morgan County. Nov 9, 2022 at 17:25
  • To be clear, there isn't necessary one rule. Different rules may apply, for example, for college tuition determinations and for driver's license determinations, for state tax law, and for child custody determinations.
    – ohwilleke
    Nov 10, 2022 at 23:17


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