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An ID card is a form of identification that is often used by individuals who do not drive but wish to carry an identifying document on them. An identification card from any state serves as a valid proof of identification and is crucial for many aspects of today's world. Situations where you will need to provide a valid picture ID include:

  • Boarding an airplane.
  • Getting a job.
  • Setting up bank accounts.
  • Making certain purchases.

Did you know? ID cards are considered a federal form of identification with the REAL ID Act and can also be beneficial during emergencies, such as car accidents or missing person cases.

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How to Apply for an ID Card

The steps to apply for a DMV ID card vary depending on which state you reside in. Most cases require you to appear in person at your local drivers license office and provide the following documents:

  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of full legal name and date of birth
  • Proof of legal presence in the United States
  • Your Social Security Number

Applicants must provide proof of legal name change if name is different on the picture ID provided. A parent or legal guardian must be present for minors under 18 years of age. Additionally, applicants will be required to pay an identification card fee, which varies by state. Once your application has been successfully completed, you will receive your ID card either in person at your local DMV office or via mail to the address on file.

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