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How to Apply for a New York Identification Card

What is an ID Card?

A DMV ID card is the perfect alternative proof of identity if you do not possess a New York drivers license. This non-driver card features your photo identification, and you can use it to accomplish various tasks around the state. These include:

  • Opening a bank account.
  • Getting into an apartment building.
  • Voting in New York.
  • Getting health insurance.

Information Related to ID Cards

Eligibility Requirements for an ID Card

While you are able to apply for a New York ID card at any age, there is one thing to keep in mind before heading to your local Department of Motor Vehicles office. If you are less than 16 years old, you will need a parent or guardian to consent to your ID card application. In addition, you must also:

  1. Have your original birth certificate on hand.
  2. Have your Social Security card with you.
  3. Provide the necessary proof of ID:
  4. U.S. passport
  5. Citizenship certificate
  6. Birth certificate
  7. Be a U.S. citizen or resident of the United States.
  8. Be a New York resident.

How to Apply for an ID Card

In order to apply for ID card privileges in New York, you must go in person to a local DMV office. You cannot file an ID card application online, and the only way that you can send in your application in the mail is if you are exchanging your NY driving permit or driving license. When you go to the NY DMV office, you must take the following with you:

  • Proof of name documents (must be originals)
    • Citizenship certificate
    • U.S. passport
    • U.S. college ID
    • U.S. high school ID
  • A completed Application for Driver License or Non-Driver ID Card
  • Proof of Supplemental Security Insurance (if applicable)
  • Proof of ID
    • U.S. passport
    • Citizenship certificate
    • Birth certificate
    • Permanent resident card
    • Foreign passport card with a valid I-551 stamp
  • Social Security card
  • Payment for issue fee

ID Card Fees

Furthermore, ID cards have various prices, as the state of New York offers IDs that are valid for longer or shorter periods of time:

  • Eight-year ID card: $14
  • Four-year ID card: $10
  • 10-year ID card (if under 62 and receive SSI): $6.50
  • 10-year ID card (if 62 or older and do not receive SSI): $6.50
  • 10-year ID card (if 62 or older and receive SSI): free of charge

When it comes to the expiration date of your ID, as is noted above, the state of New York allows you to obtain either an eight-year ID card of four-year ID card. Some individuals are also eligible to obtain a 10-year ID card. Keep in mind that your ID card will always expire on your birthday.

Voter Registration

One thing to keep in mind when you get your ID card is to sign up for your voter registration. This is because the identification card you purchased gives you the freedom to vote in elections. If you want to get your voting registration, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You are a United States citizen.
  • You are at least 18 years old by end of year.
  • You have not been found mentally incompetent by a court of law.
  • You are not in a prison because of a felony or on parole.
  • You have lived at your New York address for a period of 30 days before the election.
  • You are not registered to vote out of state.

How to Renew an NY ID Card

Approximately 50 days before your NY ID card is set to expire, you will receive a renewal notice from the DMV, detailing how you will be able to go renew ID card privileges. There are three ways to renew:

  • Online
  • In person
  • By mail

However, if your identification card has been expired for over two years now, you will have to re-apply for a new one rather than go through ID card renewal. However, if you would like to update the picture on the card in question, you are required to fulfillID card renewal in person.


If you would like to get ID card credentials renewed online via New York's digital service portal, you must first see if you qualify. You can only renew online if:

  1. Your ID expires in less than one year.
  2. Your ID expired less than two years ago.
  3. You currently live in the United States.
  4. The NY DMV has your Social Security number on record.

If you meet all of the requirements, you can renew your ID card online, and you will receive it in the mail about two weeks after your request is processed. Just remember to have the following nearby when you are going through the ID card application process:

  • Credit card
  • Client ID number on ID card
  • Document number on ID card
  • E-mail address
  • Last four digits of your Social Security number

By Mail or In Person

In order to renew your ID card by mail, you must return the renewal notice that you received with all of the necessary information, along with a check payable to the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles. The only difference between renewing online or in person is the trip to the DMV office.

ID Card Renewal Fees

Depending on the ID card in question, you will have to pay the following fees:

  • Eight-year ID card: $14
  • Four-year ID card: $10
  • 10-year ID card (if under 62 and receive SSI): $6.50
  • 10-year ID card (if 62 or older and do not receive SSI): $6.50
  • 10-year ID card (if 62 or older and receive SSI): free of charge

How to Replace an ID Card in New York

If you lose your ID card or it is stolen from you, there are three options you can consider when you are preparing to obtain a replacement identification card:

  • Replace online
  • Replace in person
  • Replace by mail


There are certain eligibility requirements that must be met if you choose to replace ID card documents online:

  • Your ID card cannot be expired
  • You cannot be turning 21 in the coming 40 days
  • You must be at least 25 years old and cannot have ordered a replacement in the last two years
  • You cannot have ordered an ID card replacement in the last 30 days
  • You cannot be replacing a 10-year identification card for someone who is over 62 and getting SSI
  • You cannot be changing any information on the ID
  • Your mailing address must be in the DMV records

In Person

Replacing your ID card in person is not a difficult process. Just remember to follow the steps:

  1. Go to a local DMV office
  2. Provide a completed MV-44
  3. Provide proof of birthdate
  4. Provide proof of identification that totals six points
  5. Citizenship certificate
  6. U.S. passport
  7. U.S. college ID
  8. U.S. high school ID
  9. Pay replacement fee

By Mail

To engage in the replacement process by mail, you will have to send the following documents to the DMV:

  • A completed MV-44 form
  • A copy of a document that proves your birthdate
  • Six points worth of document photocopies that prove your name
    • Citizenship certificate
    • U.S. passport
    • U.S. college ID
    • U.S. high school ID
  • A check payable to the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles for replacement fee

Keep in mind that if you have lost your ID card while out of state, you will only be allowed to apply by mail.

ID Card Replacement Fees

To get a replacement ID card, you must remember to bring payment, which will vary depending on the kind of identification card you choose:

  • Four-year ID card: $8
  • Eight-year ID card: $8
  • 10-year ID card: $6.50
  • 10-year ID card (if 62 and receiving SSI): free of charge

Reporting Lost or Stolen ID Card to Authorities

Although it is not mandatory, it is highly recommended that you report your lost or stolen ID to your local authorities, so that they can issue you a report.By presenting a police report to your DMV, you may be able to have your replacement fee waived.

Veteran Designation on ID Card

If you wish to have a veteran designation on your ID, you may do so by submitting documents that serve as proof of honorable discharge. Acceptable documents can include either a DD-215 form, indicating honorable discharge or a U.S. Department of Defense DD-214 form, indicating honorable discharge.
In order to have this special distinction noted on your ID card, you may only apply by mail or making an in-person visit to the nearest DMV office.


If you find that you don't have all of the necessary proofs of identity in order to obtain replace ID card credentials,renew ID card documents, or even obtain your first one, you should obtain an additional ID as soon as possible. One of the best forms of identification available to you as a citizen of the United States is a U.S. passport. This federal form of identification features:

  • Your full name
  • Birthdate
  • Place of birth
  • Nationality
  • Social Security number

To renew, replace, or get an ID card soon, complete a passport application today.

Out-of-State Drivers

If you are traveling out-of-state, your New York ID card will remain valid. The only instance in which you must worry about its validity is if you are going to become a resident of the state you are traveling to. Only drivers of a given state can hold identification cards of that state.

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