From the Foster Care Bill of Rights:
- 6. To receive help with obtaining a driver license, social security number, birth certificate or state identification card, except that the foster parent shall have discretion to determine if the child is responsible and mature enough to become a licensed driver.
According to the Arizona Foster Guide:
- Driver's License for a Youth in Care: When a youth is a ward of the court, the Department of Child Safety or any representative cannot sign for a driver’s instruction permit or a driver’s license. Neither DCS nor any representative accepts responsibility for the actions of the minor when driving a motor vehicle.
The Department of Motor Vehicles requires that the following person or persons sign and verify, before a person authorized to administer oaths, the application of a person under eighteen years of age for an instruction permit, a class G or M driver license or an endorsement to a class G or M driver license:
- If neither parent of the applicant is living, the person or guardian who has custody of the applicant or an employer of the applicant;
- If the applicant resides with a foster parent, the foster parent may sign; and,
- If there is no guardian or employer of the applicant, a responsible person who is willing to assume the obligation imposed by this chapter on a person who signs the application of a minor.
- The person who signs the application of the minor accepts all responsibility for the actions of the minor when driving a motor vehicle. DCS does not accept responsibility for the actions of the minor when driving a motor vehicle.