Identification Cards in Delaware

SUMMARY: Delaware Identification Cards

Applications for an ID card must be made in person at a DE DMV office. Renewals and replacements must also be completed in person. You will need to provide various documents to prove your identity, legal U.S. presence, residency, and SSN, and pay the required fee.

Continue reading this page to learn how to apply for, renew, and order a replacement ID card from the Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

Eligibility Requirements

You qualify for an identification card if you are a Delaware resident and you present the required proof of ID (see below). To be considered a resident, you must have a permanent address in Delaware. Note that if you are younger than 18 years old, a parent or guardian with a photo ID must sign for you.

If you are not a U.S. citizen but are legally residing in the state, you qualify for an identification card. You will need to show documents that prove you are living in Delaware legally. Visit the DE DMV website for a list of immigration statuses that are ineligible for an ID card.

Apply for a DE State ID Card

To apply for a state identification card, you must visit a Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office, fill out an application, and submit it along with the necessary accompanying documents:

  • Proof of identity and legal U.S. presence, such as your:
    • Original or certified birth certificate.
    • Valid U.S. passport.
    • Certificate of naturalization.
    NOTE: Proof of the primary document must include your full name and date of birth. It must be verifiable, which means that the DMV agent must be able to contact the issuing agency to verify the document's authenticity.
  • 2 documents proving your DE residency, such as your:
    • Utility bill.
    • Credit card statement.
    • Auto insurance policy.
  • Proof of your Social Security number (SSN), such as a:
    • Social Security card.
    • W-2 form.
    • 1099 form.
    NOTE: If you are ineligible for a SSN, you must provide your letter of ineligibility from the Social Security Administration (SSA). You will be issued a non-federally compliant ID card.

If you need further information, please refer to this list of acceptable documents.

The fee for a Delaware DMV ID card is $20.

You will be issued a REAL ID-compliant identification card which can be used for federal purposes. For more information, read our REAL ID Act article.

Renew Your ID Card in Delaware

Your identification card expires 4 years after your next birthday. However, it can be renewed before the expiration date to remain up to date.

If you would like to renew your card before it expires, you can do so in person at any DMV office in Delaware.

You will need to bring your current ID card with you. If you are unable to bring your current identity card for whatever reason, you will need to provide additional documentary proof to obtain a new card. A full list of acceptable documents can be found here.

The fee to renew ID cards is $20. Methods of payment include:

  • Cash.
  • Checks.
  • Money orders.
  • Debit cards.
  • Credit cards from VISA, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.

Please note that if a personal check is found uncollectible, you will be charged a penalty fee of $25. If the original $20 fee plus the $25 penalty fee are not paid within 10 days, your Delaware ID card will be suspended.

Replace Your Identification Card

Non-driver ID cards that are lost, stolen, damaged, or destroyed can be replaced in person at any Delaware DMV office.

At the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office, you will need to submit a completed application for a duplicate license, as well as 3 documents of identification. At least 1 document must include your signature. Please see the state of Delaware's official website for a complete list of acceptable documents.

The fee for a duplicate state ID card is $10.

Change Your Name or Delaware Address

Change Your Address

You must notify the Delaware DMV of all address changes within 30 days. You can file an address change notification via mail by filling out the DMV Change of Address Form. Notifications can also be filed in person at any DE DMV office. No fee is necessary for this service.

Visit our Change of Address in DE page for complete instructions.

Change Your Name

Just like a change of address, a change of name will need to be reported to the DMV within 30 days of the legal change. You must visit a Delaware DMV office in person to update your non-driver ID card. To verify your name change, you will need to bring your former Delaware ID card, and any court documents that prove the name change, such as a marriage certificate. The fee for a new identification card is $1.15.

Visit our Change of Name page for more information.

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