How Do You Get a State ID Card?


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State identification cards are generally issued at official DMV locations just like driver's licenses, according to DMV.org. These cards allow those too young or unable to drive to have a valid state-issued ID card, and each one features the same type of information on a driver's licence, including a photo, legal name and address. As of 2015, many of these cards comply with the federal REAL-ID act, so holders can use them to travel commercially.

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The typical information required to get a state ID card includes proof of name and date of birth, such as an official birth certificate with a state seal, a passport or a U.S. citizenship certificate. States typically require secondary documents, such as insurance cards or employee ID cards, as an extra level of proof. Applicants must also provide proof of residency, such as official mail sent to the address listed on the ID application or a bank statement, as well as proof of the applicant's Social Security Number or ineligibility for a Social Security Number.

After filling out the application and paying any required fees, which usually run between $15 and $20 as of 2015, those seeking state ID cards who meet all the requirements must have a photo taken for the card. This card typically resembles a driver's license with the same state seals embedded on the surface, but they generally state that they are for identification purposes only. As of November 2015, those with state ID cards can typically use them when applying for federal benefits or traveling commercially if they comply with the federal REAL-ID act.

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