What is required to get state ID cards?

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This varies according to you where you live. See our guide below for details about you need to get your identification card.

State ID cards are great to have for many people, especially those without a driver's license, including teens and senior citizens. It gives you an important means of identification, since it provides photo identfication. And, with increased security measures being taken seemingly every day - including situations that didn't use to require identification - a state ID can really come in handy. Having a state ID can help with every day matters, like writing a check, or more infrequent situations, such as traveling.

Be aware, though, that states sometimes change their requirements for obtaining a state ID card. So, you might want to check with your state's drivers license division to make sure the information listed for your state is still correct. Also, these are general guidelines; some situations call for additional forms of identification. Consult with your state agency for more information.

Two Documents Required Three Documents Required Other
Alabama
x
Social Security card and one other identification document required
Alaska
x
Proof of date of birth and identity required
Arizona
x
Two documents acceptable if one is a photo ID
Arkansas
x
Two primary or one primary and one secondary document required
California
x
Proof of date of birth and legal presence required
Colorado
x
Proof of legal presence and identity required
Connecticut
x
Social Security card, birth certificate or passport, and one other identification document required
Delaware
x
One primary and one secondary document required
Florida
x
Proof of birthdate, Social Security number, and address required
Georgia
x
Proof of identity and address required
Hawaii
x
Social Security card and one other identification document required
Idaho
x
Primary and secondary documents required
Illinois
x
Four documents required
Indiana
x
Proof of identity, residence, and date of birth required
Iowa
x
Proof of age and identity required
Kansas
x
Proof of identity required
Kentucky
x
Social security card, birth certificate, and proof of residency required
Louisiana
x
One primary and two secondary documents required
Maine
x
Date of birth and proof of signature required
Maryland
x
Five documents required; two proofs of residency, one proof of legal presence, identity/age, and Social Security card
Massachusetts
x
Proof of signature, birthdate, and Social Security card/passport required
Michigan
x
Five documents required proving birthdate, legal presence, identity, and residency
Minnesota
x
One primary and one secondary identification document required
Mississippi
x
Social Security card, birth certificate, and proof of residency required
Missouri
x
Proof of residency, identity, and legal presence
Montana
x
Proof of identity and residency required
Nebraska
x
Two proofs of address and one proof of name/birthdate required
Nevada
x
Proof of identity and Social Security number required
New Hampshire
x
Proof of age and residency required
New Jersey
x
Proof of age, identity, and Social Security card required
New Mexico
x
Proof of age, residency, and Social Security card required
New York
x
Five documents required, including Social Security card
North Carolina
x
Proof of age and identity required
North Dakota
x
Proof of name and date of birth required
Ohio
x
One primary and one secondary identification document required
Oklahoma
x
One primary and one secondary identification document required
Oregon
x
Proof of age/identity, Social Security number, and legal presence required
Pennsylvania
x
Proof of residency and legal presence required
Rhode Island
x
Proof of signature, residency, and identity required
South Carolina
x
Proof of identity, residency, and Social Security number required
South Dakota
x
Birth certificate only required
Tennessee
x
Five documents required
Texas
x
One primary or two secondary identification documents required
Utah
x
Birth certificate, Social Security card, and proof of residency required
Vermont
x
One primary and one secondary document required proving identity and date of birth
Virginia
x
Four documents required proving legal presence, residency, and identity (2)
Washington
x
Proof of identity and residency required
West Virginia
x
Birth certificate, Social Security card, and two proofs of residency required
Wisconsin
x
Proof of name, date of birth, and residency required
Wyoming
x
Social Security card and two other identification documents required
Washington DC
x
Proof of identity, Social Security number, and residency required

Visitor Comments

  • Posted by Brad Williams on February 25th, 2010

    The price of a MS state ID has been increased from $13 to $14.

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