Identification Cards in Maryland
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If you do not own a Maryland driver license―or any license from any state―you might mull over applying for an ID card. While this will not enable you to operate a vehicle on the roads, it will come in handy for just about everything else that requires proof of who you are and how old you are. This can include getting on to an airplane, checking out all the trendy clubs in town, buying a bottle of wine, and more important things like opening a checking account.
Before you head down to an MVA office to begin the ID process there are several requirements you need to meet:
- Two forms proving Maryland residency.
- A document proving you own a Social Security Card number. Or, if not, proof of your Social Security Card ineligibility.
- One document proving your age and identity.
- Proof of lawful status.
The fee for an ID card is $24 ($18 for applicants younger than 18). It is free of charge to those ages 65 and older. ID cards are valid for a period of eight years, with a renewal fee of $24. Expiration dates fall on the cardholder's birthday.
Maryland ID cards must be renewed in person at your local MVA office.
To replace a lost, stolen, or damaged card, visit your local MVA office and tell them you need a duplicate ID.
You'll need to provide your Social Security number, proof of identity, proof of age, and proof of Maryland residency. Check the state's list of acceptable documentation before you head out. Cost: $20.
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