How Do You Apply for an ID Card in NYC?


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To apply for an ID card in New York City, visit a local DMV office, fill out an application, provide proof of identity and your Social Security number, and pay a fee, advises the New York Department of Motor Vehicles. All applicants must meet eligibility requirements.

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There is no online application for an ID card for New York residents, notes the New York Department of Motor Vehicles. You must visit the DMV office in person, furnish proof of identity and fill out Form MV-44, Application for Permit, Driver License or Non-Driver ID Card. You can provide proof of identity via a current ID card or other acceptable documents, including a passport, birth certificate or permanent resident card. Children age 16 or younger must have a parent present with them to apply, and the parent must provide a state ID card or driver's license and fill out Form MV-45, Statement of Identity and/or Residence by Parent/Guardian.

The fee for original non-driver photo IDs in New York is $14 for an ID card valid for eight years or $10 for a card valid for four years as of 2015, notes the New York Department of Motor Vehicles. The DMV assesses a reduced fee for people younger than 62 years of age who receive Supplemental Security Income or for people age 62 or older who do not receive SSI. People who are older than 62 and receiving SSI pay no fee for an ID card.

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