How old do I have to be to get an ID Card?

State ID Age Requirements

Most states don't impose a minimum age restriction (see grid) for residents (children or teens) seeking an identification card. Although, depending on the state, you may, depending on age, be required to provide parental approval when applying. In Utah, for example, an ID card applicant who’s younger than 16 must have a parent or guardian sign the application.

For specific application requirements and fees in your state, contact your local DMV.

Possessing a state identification card is not mandatory. Whether you’re a teen or adult, it does, however, come in handy when photo ID is required. With an ID card you can board airplanes, register to vote, attend R-rated movies, and cash checks.


Alabama No minimum age required.
Alaska No minimum age required.
Arizona No minimum age required.
Arkansas No minimum age required.
California No minimum age required..
Colorado No minimum age required.
Connecticut No minimum age required.
Delaware No minimum age required.
Florida Must be at least five years old.
Georgia Anyone old enough to sign his or her name is eligible.
Hawaii No minimum age required.
Idaho No minimum age required.
Illinois No minimum age required.
Indiana No minimum age required.
Iowa No minimum age required.
Kansas No minimum age required.
Kentucky Must be at least 15 years old.
Louisiana No minimum age required.
Maine No minimum age required.
Maryland No minimum age required.
Massachusetts Must be at least 16 years old.
Michigan No minimum age required.
Minnesota No minimum age required.
Mississippi Must be at least six years old.
Missouri No minimum age required.
Montana No minimum age required.
Nebraska No minimum age required.
Nevada Must be at least 10 years old.
New Hampshire Must be at least 16 years old.
New Jersey Must be at least 17 years old.
New Mexico No minimum age required.
New York No minimum age required.
North Carolina No minimum age required.
North Dakota No minimum age required.
Ohio No minimum age required.
Oklahoma No minimum age required.
Oregon No minimum age required.
Pennsylvania Must be at least 16 years old.
Rhode Island No minimum age required.
South Carolina Must be at least five years old.
South Dakota No minimum age required.
Tennessee No minimum age required.
Texas No minimum age required.
Utah No minimum age required.
Vermont No minimum age required.
Virginia No minimum age required.
Washington No minimum age required.
West Virginia Must be at least two years old.
Wisconsin No minimum age required.
Wyoming No minimum age required.
Washington DC Must be at least 15 years old.

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