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    Your Guide to ID Cards in Connecticut

    In Connecticut, a non-driver identification card can be used as photo identification if you don’t have a CT driver’s license or if your license has been suspended. You can use your CT identification card for a number of things, including traveling, getting an apartment, or opening a bank account.

    CT ID Card Eligibility Requirements

    If you are a resident of Connecticut, you can apply for a non-driver photo ID card at any age. You must be able to prove your:

    • Identity.
    • Social Security number.
    • Residency in Connecticut.
    • Legal status in the U.S. if you are not U.S.-born. Your legal status must be valid for at least 6 years.

    If you have a current Connecticut driver’s license, you can still apply for a CT ID card, but you must surrender your CT driver license.

    Apply for a Connecticut ID Card

    New Connecticut ID cards must be applied for in person. You cannot apply for a new ID card online or by mail.

    You cannot apply for a new ID card at the Putnam Satellite office, any DMV Photo License Center, or any AAA office.

    If you are a U.S. citizen, you must apply for a CT identification card in person at one of the following Connecticut DMV offices:

    • DMV Hub Office.
    • Enfield.
    • New Britain.
    • Norwich.
    • Old Saybrook.
    • Winsted.

    If you are a non-U.S. citizen, you must apply in person at a DMV Hub Office.

    For more information about CT DMV office locations and opening hours, visit the Connecticut DMV website.

    What You Need to Apply

    You will need the following to apply for a Connecticut ID card:

    If you are living in a homeless shelter or transitional house, you are eligible for a free CT ID card if you provide proof of residency and your Connecticut Identification Card Requirements and Application (Form B-230) is signed by an official from your housing location.

    If you are a blind veteran, you are eligible for a free CT ID card if you can provide a DD214 showing that you have been honorably discharged and either a:

    Verify Your Identity

    When you apply for your Connecticut ID card, you must bring valid original or certified copies of documents that prove your identity, Social Security number, CT residency, and legal presence in the U.S. (if you were born overseas).

    Identity

    To prove you identity, you must show:

    • A primary document (e.g. U.S. birth certificate, passport, or citizenship certificate).
    • A secondary document (e.g. Out-of-state or Canadian photo driver license, U.S. military ID card, or marriage certificate).

    Note: Birth certificates issued in Puerto Rico before July 1, 2010 will not be accepted.

    Social Security Number

    If you are a U.S. citizen, or a non-citizen with a Social Security card, you must show one of the following to prove your SSN. The document must show your full Social Security number.

    • Social Security card.
    • W-2 form (under 5 years old).
    • 1099 (under 5 years old).

    If you are a non-U.S. citizen without a SSN, you must present proof of ineligibility for a SSN from the Social Security Administration.

    CT Residency

    To prove your Connecticut residency, you must show 2 pieces of mail from 2 different sources. Your mail may have been sent to a PO Box or sent to you via email. Both of your documents must:

    • Show your full name and CT physical address.
    • Have been issued within 90 days (unless otherwise specified).
    • Be typed (not handwritten).

    Accepted documents proving your residency in Connecticut include:

    • Utility bills.
    • Bank statements.
    • Pay stub showing the name and address of your employer.

    If you are a minor, your parent or legal guardian living with you may provide these documents addressed to them, to prove your residency. Or they can provide just one of these documents and their CT driver’s license, provided the address on both the document and license match.

    Legal Presence in the U.S.

    If you weren’t born in the U.S., you will need to prove your legal status in the country. The CT DMV will use the Systematic Alien Verification of Eligibility (SAVE) to verify your status, which can take over 10 business days.

    Accepted documents proving your legal status in the U.S. include:

    • I-94 and U.S. Visa.
    • Permanent Resident or Resident Alien card.
    • Employment Authorization card.

    Change of Name

    If your name has changed, you must show either your:

    • Marriage or civil union certificate.
    • Marriage or civil union dissolution.
    • Official court document.

    You must first change your name with the Social Security Administration (SSA) before you apply for a Connecticut ID card.

    For a full list of acceptable forms of identification, visit the CT DMV website.

    Get a SelectCT ID Card

    If you are applying for or renewing your Connecticut ID card, you will have the option to have your identity verified through the SelectCT ID program.

    If you choose to become verified, you will:

    • Receive a CT identification card with a gold star (those without verification will have “Not for Federal Identification” stamped on their ID).
    • Have reduced screening when the federal program is launched.
    • Receive additional protection against identity theft.

    Verification involves a one-time review of the documents you use to verify your identity when applying for your CT identification card.

    Please visit the CT DMV’s website for more information on the SelectCT ID program.

    Connecticut ID Card Fees

    Connecticut ID cards are valid for 6 years and will cost you:

    • $22.50 for a first-time card.
    • $22.50 to renew an ID card.
    • $30 to replace a lost or stolen ID card.
    • $30 to change your name.

    You can apply for a free CT ID card if you are either:

    • Living in a homeless shelter and can provide a proof of residency from a Connecticut authorized shelter or transitional house.
    • An honorably discharged blind veteran. You will need to provide a DD214 and a Certificate of Blindness or a letter from a doctor/optometrist stating you are clinically blind.

    Acceptable Forms of Payment

    DMV Hub Offices and Limited Service Offices:

    • Cash.
    • Money order.
    • Personal check (payable to “DMV”).
    • Bank check (payable to “DMV”).
    • MasterCard or Visa credit/debit card.

    DMV Photo License Centers:

    • Personal check (payable to “DMV”).
    • Bank check (payable to “DMV”).
    • Money order.
    • MasterCard or Visa credit/debit card.

    AAA Offices:

    • Cash.
    • Money order.
    • Personal check (payable to “DMV”).
    • Bank check (payable to “DMV”).

    Renew Your CT Identification Card

    You must visit a Connecticut DMV office or AAA office in person to renew your Connecticut ID card. You can renew your CT ID card by mail in special situations only, and you cannot renew online.

    When you renew your Connecticut ID card in person, you can choose whether to verify your identity through the SelectCT ID Program. You will not have this option if you renew by mail.

    Renew in Person

    The Connecticut DMV will mail you a renewal notice before your CT ID card expires. You can only renew your card if it is current or it expired less than 2 years ago.

    You will need:

    • Your renewal notice (if you have it).
    • Your current Connecticut ID card.
    • If you have changed your name, an original or certified copy of your name change document (i.e. marriage license, civil union certificate, divorce decree, or official court document).
    • Payment for your new CT non-driver ID card.
    • If you are an honorably discharged blind veteran, you will also need to provide a DD214 and a Certificate of Blindness, or a letter from a doctor/optometrist stating you are clinically blind.

    If your CT identification card expired over 2 years, ago you will need to re-apply for a brand new ID card.

    Renew by Mail

    You can renew your Connecticut ID by mail if you are:

    • An active member of the US military and your residence is in Connecticut.
    • Unable to visit a DMV office due to a medical condition.
    • Temporarily out of state or outside of the U.S.
    • Incarcerated.

    Your renewal application must be received before your current CT ID card expires, or you will incur a $25 late fee.

    Note: If you have moved to another state, you cannot renew your Connecticut ID card.

    To renew your CT identification card by mail, you must complete a:

    Send your completed form, a check or money order (payable to “DMV”), and a self-addressed stamped envelope (first class if within the U.S. and $1.10 if outside of the U.S.) to:

    Department of Motor Vehicles
    60 State Street
    Wethersfield, CT 06161
    Attention: Mail-in License Transaction Unit

    Include a self-addressed pre-paid envelope from an overnight carrier if you’d like your replacement ID card sent via overnight delivery.

    Pay by Credit Card

    Payment by credit card is only available for people who qualify for renewal via mail.

    You can pay for your CT ID card renewal using your credit card by sending your completed Request for a Connecticut Driver’s License/Identification Card by Mail (Form B-350) and Request to Renew or Obtain a Duplicate Driver’s License or Non-Driver ID Card by Mail Due to Medical Conditions (Form CI-1), if applicable, to the DMV via:

    After 1 business day, call the Centralized Issuance Unit at (860) 263-5401 to provide your credit card information and process your transaction.

    The Centralized Issuance Unit is open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Change Your CT ID Card Information

    Change Your Name

    Before you apply to change your name with the Connecticut DMV, you must first change your name with the Social Security Administration (SSA). It may take up to 48 hours for the SSA to update your information after they process your application.

    To change your name on your Connecticut ID card, you must visit a DMV office or AAA office in person. You cannot change your name online or by mail.

    You will need:

    • A completed Change of Name Request (Form E-78).
    • Your current Connecticut ID card.
    • An original or certified copy of your name change document (i.e. marriage license, civil union certificate, divorce decree, or official court document).
    • Payment for your replacement CT ID card.

    Change Your Address

    By law you must notify the CT DMV within 48 hours if you have changed your address. You can also change your organ/tissue donor status at the same time.

    To change your address, send a completed Change of Address form (Form B-58) to:

    Department of Motor Vehicles
    60 State Street
    Wethersfield, CT 06161
    Attn: Data Entry Change of Address Unit

    To get an address label for the back of your CT ID card, call the Connecticut DMV at (860) 263-5700 (from Hartford or outside of Connecticut) or (800) 842-8222 (from other areas in Connecticut), or any Connecticut Police Department.

    Replace a Lost or Stolen CT ID Card

    You must visit a DMV or AAA office in person to replace your Connecticut ID card. You can apply for a replacement by mail in special situations only, and you cannot apply for a replacement online.

    Apply for a Replacement in Person

    To apply for a replacement Connecticut ID card in person, you will need:

    Note: Your photo will not be retaken for your new Connecticut ID card. Your existing photo on file will be used.

    Apply for a Replacement by Mail

    You can apply for a replacement Connecticut ID by mail if you are:

    • An active member of the U.S. military and your residence is in Connecticut.
    • Unable to visit a DMV office due to a medical condition.
    • Temporarily out of state or outside of the U.S.
    • Incarcerated.

    Note: If you have moved to another state, you cannot replace your Connecticut ID card.

    To renew or apply for a duplicate CT identification card by mail, you must complete a:

    Send your completed form, a check or money order (payable to “DMV”), and a self-addressed stamped envelope (first class if within the US and $1.10 if outside of the U.S.) to:

    Department of Motor Vehicles
    60 State Street
    Wethersfield, CT 06109
    Attention: Centralized Issuance Unit

    Include a self-addressed pre-paid envelope from an overnight carrier if you’d like your replacement ID card sent via overnight delivery.

    Pay by Credit Card

    This option is only available to those who qualify for a replacement by mail.

    You can pay for your replacement CT ID card using your credit card by sending your completed Request for a Connecticut Driver’s License/Identification Card by Mail (Form B-350) and Request to Renew or Obtain a Duplicate Driver’s License or Non-Driver ID Card by Mail Due to Medical Conditions (Form CI-1), if applicable, to the DMV via:

    After 1 business day, call the Centralized Issuance Unit at (860) 263-5401 to provide your credit card information and process your transaction.

    The Centralized Issuance Unit is open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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