How to Get a New ID

ID cards are key documents for any jurisdiction based on the information they carry. Imagine what would happen if you lost your ID card or moved to a new state or jurisdiction where your current ID card is unrecognizable. That would lead to challenges when getting your vehicle, land, or other properties registered under your details. Again, it would not be easy to have a bank account, thus paralyzing your financial activities. As such, when you turn 21 or in some other states when you reach the age of the majority, you will need an ID.

How to Get an ID for the First Time

The United States largely depends on states to provide primary personal identification through a state-issued ID card 0r driver’s license. Nevertheless, the nationally issued Social Security Number or Social Security Card is usable for identification in some instances. There is no minimum age for acquiring an ID in most states in the US. However, applicants below the age of 18 years require parental consent. Here is how to get an ID in different states in the United States.

  • Step 1: Visit MVD or DMV offices in your state.
  • Step 2:  Give your social security number (SSN).
  • Step 3: Be sure to prove your identity through acceptable documents that show your identity. Such documents may include a driver’s license or a birth certificate.
  • Step 4: Pay the one-time non-refundable application fee. However, charges could vary depending on different states.
  • Step 5: Have the officers in charge scan your thumbprints.
  • Step 6: Have the official ID photo taken by the registration officers.

How Long Does it Take to Get a New ID?

With the diversity among various states, the time taken for an ID card to be processed from the time of application to the time the applicant receives it could range between 3 to 6 weeks. Nevertheless, with the USA ID, also known as Real ID, the application could take up to 12 months owing to various levels of verification. However, the federal government issues an applicant with a National Identification Number (NIN) during that period.

How to Get a New ID if Lost

If your ID gets lost or is stolen, most states offer an opportunity to apply for a new one. While the application for a new ID card may differ among various states, the similarities outdo the differences. Here are some common steps you will go through in case you have lost your ID in most of the states in the United States.

  • Step 1: Visit the DMV/MVD/BMV and file for a new ID. You can visit the local offices or do it online, depending on the state in which you reside.
  • Step 2: Provide proof of your legal name, date of birth, SSN, and address. You may also be required to provide your ID number.
  • Step 3: The necessary charges for an application for a duplicate ID or Driver’s License.
  • Step 4: Wait for the new ID card to be mailed to you within seven working days.

How Much Does It Cost to Get a New ID Online?

The cost of getting a new ID or driver’s license in the United States will differ depending on the state as well as whether it is a replacement ID card or a first-time application.

StateDriver’s License CostYears DL is ValidNon-Driving ID CostsID Valid Years
Washington$896$546
Connecticut$727$287
Maryland$725FreeSurrendered after DL issuance
New York$64.258$36 – $444 – 8
Oregon$608$44.509
Massachusetts$505$25<=5
New Hampshire$505$10Permanent
Florida$488$31.258
Nevada$42.254$21.254
Montana$40.58$16.488
Arkansas$408$54 – 6
Delaware$408$208
North Carolina$408$145 – 8
West Virginia$405$102
Oklahoma$38.5 $20 or $404 – 8
Rhode Island$38.55$27.505
Alabama$36.254$36.258
Pennsylvania$35.54$32.504
Wisconsin$348$288
California$335$338 Birthdates
Louisiana$32.256$136
Georgia$328$328
Iowa$328$88
Vermont$322$242 – 4
Virginia$328$108
Idaho$304$10 – $204 – 8
Illinois$304$105
Kentucky$304$158
Maine$306$306
South Dakota$285$285
Tennessee$288$1.258
Colorado$265$10.505
Minnesota$25.254$21.504
Arizona$2512$258
Michigan$254$104
Texas$256$166
Utah$255$235
Mississippi$244$244
New Jersey$244$244
Kansas$234$144
Ohio$234$10 – $194 – 8
Nebraska$21.54$295
Alaska$205$158
Hawaii$204$408
Wyoming$208$108
New Mexico$184$184
Indiana$17.56$96
North Dakota$154$84
South Carolina$12.55$108
Missouri$103$186

Requirements for a New State ID

StateRequirements
WashingtonValid license, Birth certificate, passport, SSN, address
ConnecticutValid license, Birth certificate, passport, SSN, proof of residency
MarylandValid license, Birth certificate, passport, SSN, Two proofs of residency
New YorkValid license, Birth certificate, passport, SSN, address
OregonValid license, Birth certificate, passport, SSN, address
MassachusettsLawful presence required, Driver’s license, Birth certificate, address as proof of residency.
New HampshireCompleted application for driver’s license, Birth certificate, 2 proofs of residency (could include utility bills), lawful presence, SSN
FloridaValid license, Birth certificate, passport, SSN, address
NevadaValid license, Birth certificate, passport, SSN, address
MontanaBirth certificate, driver’s license, proof of residency, legal presence.
ArkansasBirth certificate or proof of identity, SSN, proof of residency, legal presence.
Delaware2 Proofs of legal presence, SSN, 2 proofs of residency, all proofs of legal name change.
North CarolinaOne document that provides date of birth and prove of identity, A document showing proof of SSN, 2 Documents showing proof of residency.
West VirginiaTwo proofs of residency in West Virginia, Legal name change proof, SSN.
OklahomaState-certified birth certificate, Documentation showing any change of name, SSN, two proofs you stay in Oklahoma, lawful presence.
Rhode IslandIdentity documents such as a certified birth certificate, driver’s license, unexpired passport.
AlabamaSSN, birth certificate, driving license, lawful presence, proof of residency.
PennsylvaniaAcceptable identification documents such as a birth certificate, proof of SSN, and proof of residency.
WisconsinProof of date of birth and name, identity proof documents, proof of Wisconsin residency
CaliforniaSSN, personal identity verification documents, update and acceptable residency proof
LouisianaIdentification document or driver’s license or birth certificate, lawful presence proof, and proof of residency in the state.
GeorgiaDocuments showing personal identity, address in the state, proof you are a citizen of the United States or you reside there legally.
IowaDriver’s licence or any other document showing your identity and date of birth, proof you stay in the US legally, proof your home is in Iowa, SSN
VermontDocuments showing date of birth, residency in Vermont, SSN, and applicant’s lawful presence in the United States.
VirginiaIdentification proof, legal presence documents, Virginia residency proof, SSN, and change of name proof
IdahoSSN card, birth certificate, 2 proofs of residency in Idaho. The proofs for residency may include most recent utility bills, and mortgage statements.
IllinoisApproved and acceptable documents that show Illinois residency, date of birth, and written signature verification.
KentuckyProof of Kentucky residency, SSN Card, birth certificate. For children it also includes family services custody verification letter.
MaineDocuments showing date of birth, U.S. citizenship proof, lawful status in the United States, identity
South DakotaDocuments indicating your date of birth, two physical address residency proof, full names, SSN, 
TennesseePresent driver’s license, current passport, foreigner permanent or temporary resident card, naturalization certificate, citizenship certificate, military ID card for people in service.
ColoradoProof of date of birth and name, identity proof documents, proof of Colorado residency
MichiganState-certified birth certificate, Documentation showing any change of name, SSN, two proofs you stay in Michigan, lawful presence.
TexasDriver’s licence or any other document showing your identity and date of birth, proof you stay in the US legally, proof your home is in Texas, SSN
UtahTwo proofs you stay in Utah, state-certified birth certificate, Documentation showing any change of name, SSN, lawful presence.
MississippiIdentification document or driver’s license or birth certificate, lawful presence proof, and proof of residency in the state.
New JerseyIdentification proof, legal presence documents, Virginia residency proof, SSN, and change of name proof
KansasDocuments indicating your date of birth, two physical address residency proof, full names, SSN,
OhioIdentity proof documents, proof of date of birth and name, proof of Ohio residency
NebraskaValid license, Birth certificate, passport, SSN, Two proofs of residency
AlaskaProof you stay in the US legally, driver’s licence or any other document showing your identity and date of birth, proof your home is in Alaska, SSN
HawaiiSNN, proofs you stay in Hawaii, state-certified birth certificate, Documentation showing any change of name, lawful presence.
WyomingProof of date of birth and name, identity proof documents, proof of Wyoming residency
New MexicoIdentification document or driver’s license or birth certificate, lawful presence proof, and proof of residency in the state.
IndianaBirth certificate, SSN, Lawful Status, Address as proof of residency.
North DakotaProof of date of birth and name, identity proof documents, proof of North Dakota residency
South CarolinaIdentification document or driver’s license or birth certificate, lawful presence proof, and proof of residency in the state.
MissouriProof your home is in Missouri, driver’s licence or any other document showing your identity and date of birth, proof you stay in the US legally, SSN

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