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    Why Get an ID Card?

    An identification card is handy to have if you don't have any other photo identification, such as a driver's license. The Delaware ID card is an official document that proves who you are and where you live.

    If your driver's license has been suspended or revoked you may want to get an identification card to help you when banking, applying for work, registering for school, or using a credit card.


    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.

    Applying for an ID Card

    To apply for an identification card, you will have to complete an application at the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office. The fee is $20 and you will be issued a valuable document valid for 4 years.

    The DMV will need proof of your identification and residency. The DE DMV provides a full list of accepted documents. You'll need to provide 1 document from the primary list and 1 document from the secondary list.

    Once you have applied for and received your identification card, you will be able to use it regularly when proving your identity.

    Renewing an ID Card

    Your Delaware ID card expires on your birthday, 4 years after you receive your ID card. You are required to apply for your ID card renewal in person at your local Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Driver's License office. The fee for renewal is $20.

    Replacing an ID Card

    You may replace your card at any DMV office by bringing 3 documents that prove your ID, and payment for the $5 replacement fee.

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