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    "May I Please See Your ID?"

    It's the question all people younger than 18 learn to loathe and the question people older than 30 learn to love.

    Kentucky residents need proof of identity in order to make certain purchases, enter particular facilities, and take part in some activities. It's probably safe to say that the most popular form of identification is a driver license; however, not everyone drives. Is there another option?

    Yes. A photo identification card.

    What is a Photo ID Card?

    Aside from the fact that it doesn't license you to operate a motor vehicle, a photo ID card is a legal, valid form of identification. The ID card will include your basic information (name, address, height, weight, age, etc.) and your picture. You can also display your choice to become an organ donor on your ID card.

    How Do You Get a Photo ID Card?

    Applying for a photo ID card is much like applying for your driver license for the first time (without the tests, of course).

    Head to your local Circuit Court Clerk's office to start the process.

    Those wishing to obtain an ID card must be at least 15 years old and bring:

    • Proof of Kentucky residency.
    • Birth certificate.
    • Social Security card.
    • Payment for the $12 fee.

    At the time of application, you can also register to vote.

    Child Identification Card

    Per the Kentucky Child ID Program, children under 15 years old who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents can apply for a child photo identification card.

    To obtain a photo ID for your child, simply go to your local Circuit Court Clerk's office with the child's birth certificate and Social Security card. A parent or legal guardian must sign for the ID. There is a $4 fee and the ID will be valid for 4 years.

    The card will be much like a regular identification card, but will not show the child's signature or address. The omission of the address will protect the child in case the card is lost or stolen.

    Non-U.S. Citizen Identification Card

    Non-U.S. citizens applying for a Kentucky ID card will need to show the same documents and identification as if they were applying for a driver license.

    If you are a non U.S. citizen, apply for your ID card at your regional driver licensing field office; after applying, your ID card will be issued at your Circuit Court Clerk's office.

    Visit Kentucky's Transportation Cabinet Division of Driver Licensing non U.S. citizens information page for further details regarding required documents, expiration dates, and school compliance forms.

    Renewing Your ID Card

    Kentucky ID cards are valid for a period of 4 years. Renewals must be processed in person at your local Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Division of Driver Licensing office.

    Replacing Your Kentucky ID Card

    If you're already in Kentucky's database, just visit your local licensing office and ask for a duplicate ID card. You'll need to provide proof of identity with a birth certificate or Social Security card, and proof of Kentucky residency.