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How to Apply for a Massachusetts Identification Card

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How to Apply for a Massachusetts Identification Card

Identification Cards

For residents who do not hold a drivers license or an MA learners permit but still want to partake in important events like voting and opening bank accounts, the state of Massachusetts offers identification cards. ID cards act as official forms of identity, as well as proof of signature and age. However, they cannot be used to drive. If you are interested and want to get ID card credentials in Massachusetts, you will have two options to choose from:

  • Standard state ID
  • Massachusetts Liquor ID

Information Related to ID Cards

Massachusetts ID Card Fees

Whether you are undergoing Massachusetts ID card renewal, replacement or just applying for your first card, every process comes with a price. The cost for each of these ID-related tasks is the same when you live in the state of Massachusetts:

  • Get ID card: $25
  • Replace ID card: $25
  • Renew ID card: $25

Local Massachusetts RMV offices accept cash, checks or money orders when you go in person to complete any of the above processes â€" not debit or credit cards. If you undergo an ID card-related request online, then you must pay with a debit or credit card.
Your Massachusetts identification card will be good for five years. Thereafter, you will need to apply for a renewed copy.

How to Apply for an ID Card in Massachusetts

The first thing you should know when you go to apply for ID card credentials is that there is a list of eligibility requirements that you are required to meet:

  • You must be at least 14 years old
  • You cannot have a drivers license
  • You have to be a Massachusetts resident

If you meet the above qualifications, then you will be able to apply. Each Massachusetts ID card application must be done in person at a local RMV office. Be sure to bring all of the necessary documentation (only originals, no certified copies or photocopies will be accepted).
If you are 18 years or older, you must:

  • Provide one proof of birthdate:
    • U.S. passport or foreign passport if not a U.S. citizen.
    • Birth certificate
    • MA ID card
  • Provide one proof of signature:
    • U.S. passport or foreign passport if not a U.S. citizen.
    • MA ID card
    • Lease or loan contracts with name and signature
  • Provide one proof of Massachusetts residency:
    • MA ID card
    • Home mortgage or lease
    • Utility bill
  • Present proof of Social Security Number or an acceptable Denial Notice from the Social Security Administration.
  • Submit a completed Class D, M, or D/M License and ID Card Application.
  • Pay the $25 ID card fee with cash, a check or a money order.

If you are under the age of 18, then you are only required to:

  • Submit a completed Class D, M, or D/M License and ID Card Application, including your parent's consent.
  • Provide your Social Security Number or an acceptable Denial Notice from the Social Security Administration.
  • Show one proof of birthdate (only originals, no certified copies):
    • U.S. passport or foreign passport if not a U.S. citizen.
    • Birth certificate
    • MA ID card

In addition, obtaining a Massachusetts Liquor ID has the same exact steps. However, you must be at least 21 years of age to obtain it.

Voter Registration

One of the biggest advantages of applying for ID card documents is that it allows you to obtain voter registration. If you want to be able to register to vote in the state of Massachusetts, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You are a U.S. citizen.
  • You are at least 18 years old on or before the coming election.
  • You are a resident of Massachusetts

In addition, it is crucial that you register before a certain time:

  • 20 days before primaries
  • 10 days before a special town meeting

Don't waste any more time and register to vote today.

How to Renew an ID Card in Massachusetts

A DMV ID card expires five years after it was issued, at which point you are required to renew it. Fortunately, you have two options at your disposal. You can renew ID card documents:

  • Online.
  • In person.

Online

In order to renew your identification card online, you will have to visit the ID Card Renewal Page the MA RMV Online Services website. Here, you will be able to find out if you are eligible for the online process by providing your:

  • Massachusetts ID card number.
  • Complete name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Social Security Number.

If you are deemed eligible, you will be able to pay the $25 renewal fee with a debit or credit card and receive your renewed identification card in the mail within 10 business days.

In Person

To renew in person, you will have to pay a visit to the local RMV office and present them with:

  • A filled-out Class D, M, or D/M License and ID Card Application.
  • One proof of birthdate (only originals, no certified copies):
    • U.S. passport
    • Birth certificate
    • Your expired MA ID card
  • One proof of signature (only originals, no certified copies):
    • U.S. passport
    • Your expired MA ID card
    • Lease or loan contracts with name and signature
  • One proof of Massachusetts residency (only originals, no certified copies):
    • Your expired MA ID card
    • Home mortgage or lease
    • Utility bill
  • $25 payment for the renewal fee:
    • The MA RMV accepts cash, checks and money orders

How to Replace an Identification Cardin Massachusetts

If you have lost your ID card or it has been stolen from you or badly damaged, the RMV requires you to replace your identification card. You can replace ID cards with the RMV three ways for your convenience:

  • Online
  • By phone
  • In person

Online

In order to replace online, you will have to visit the MA RMV Online Services site and determine your eligibility first. If you qualify, you will be able to pay the $25 with a credit or debit card and receive your new ID card within 10 business days.

By Phone

If you want to replace ID card documents by phone, you will have to contact the Telephone Center at 857-368-8000 or 800-858-3926 (if your area code is not 339, 617, 781 or 857) and have your debit or credit card in hand to pay for the $25 replacement fee.

In Person

To replace your identification card from Massachusetts in person, you will have to go to a local RMV branch and pay the $25 replacement fee with cash, a check or a money order. However, before you do so, you must complete the online application process, print out and sign the duplicate MA ID card application form. This form will tell you which documents you need to bring to the RMV, and you can start the process by clicking here.

File a Police Report

If your ID card was lost or stolen, the first thing you should do is file a report with local authorities. By doing so, you will reduce your risk of identity theft or fraud. Thereafter, bring the police report to a nearby DMV branch in order to ensure the replacement process is seamless and stress-free. Upon presenting the proper documents, you may also ask to have the replacement fee waived.

Veteran Designation

You can request a veteran designation on your ID card when you are close to your renewal date. Keep in mind that you will need to submit proof of an honorable discharge in order to be considered eligible.

How to Replace an ID Card as an Out-of-State Driver

If you are a Massachusetts resident who is out-of-state when they lose their MA ID card or have it stolen, you may have a few options available to you. If you have one of the new digital photo ID cards of the RMV, you will be eligible to replace ID card documents online or by phone.

Passport

An ID card is excellent for traveling within the United States, but if you want to be able to travel abroad, you are going to need a U.S. passport. However, this is hardly the only way that this form of identification can be used. Passports serve as the most official proof of identity whenever you need it. In the event that you ever have to show proof of the following factors, this is the only documentation you will need to show:

  • Your name
  • Your birth date
  • Your nationality
  • Your Social Security Number

So make sure to apply for passport documentation as soon as possible to have this most valuable form of identification.

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