What is a state I.D. card?
Because the U.S. does not issue national identification cards, many people use DMV issued driver’s licenses as their standard form of I.D. For those individuals that cannot or do not want to drive, states offer an I.D. card that has the same security and identification features as a license but does not extend to driving privileges. State I.D. cards can often be obtained from the same state agency that issues driver's licenses. Many state I.D. cards may also qualify as a REAL I.D. for domestic air travel.
How do I get a state I.D. card?
Anyone of any age may apply for an I.D. card, including children and seniors. To obtain a state I.D. card, most state DMVs require the following:
- A completed application form.
- Proof of U.S. citizenship.
- Proof of state residency.
- Your Social Security Number.
- Having your thumb- or fingerprints taken.
- Having your picture taken.
- Paying a small fee.
How much does it cost to get a state I.D. card?
Fees and the overall cost of obtaining a state I.D. card can vary by state. In general, you can expect a range from around $10 to $50, but fees may be waived for certain individuals. The fees can vary widely and may be higher for non-citizens or for expedited processing. Check with your state DMV regarding fees and any waivers that may be possible if you need a state I.D.
Where can I get a state I.D. card?
Requirements and regulations vary by state, so consult your state’s DMV for more information.
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