Identification Cards in New Hampshire
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Applying for an ID card is similar to getting a New Hampshire driver's license but much easier. In fact, the application is the very same one used when applying for a new license, renewal, and a duplicate license.
If you don't have a driver's license or if yours has been suspended, or revoked, you may want a non-driver ID card when applying for a job, opening a bank account, using the library, buying alcohol, or boarding an airplane. If you don't have a driver's license, getting a non-driver ID card is a smart and easy thing to do.
To qualify for a New Hampshire non-driver ID card you must be at least 16 years old and you must reside in New Hampshire. Proving your age is always done with a birth certificate. Showing residency can be done with a utility bill postmarked and addressed to you, a town clerk residency letter, or a valid NH vehicle registration.
Applying for a first time non-driver ID card is the same as applying for a first time driver's license. Special rules exist for Visa Card Holders, Employment Authorization Document (EAD) holders, refugees, asylees, and permanent resident card holders. People falling into one of the special categories must apply for their first non-driver ID card in Concord at the DMV Headquarters:
- Department of Safety
- Division of Motor Vehicles
- Driver Licensing
- Concord, NH 03305
The Application for ID Card can be obtained online using the free Adobe Reader. Fill out the form, check the box for non-driver ID card, and pay the $10 fee. The licensing officer at the DMV office or substation will ask to see your proof of age and proof of residency.
Also parts of the application are choices on which information is printed on your card. For privacy reasons, some people don't want their street address or Social Security number on the non-driver ID card. Organ donation is offered on the application and your choice will be printed on your non-driver ID card.
After proving your age and residency with your birth certificate and one other document, like a utility bill or town clerk residency letter, you will be given your non-driver ID card. The licensing desk will take your picture and along with your photo, the card will list your name, address, and birth date.
A non-driver ID card expires in five years, on your birthday. The state will mail you a reminder card upon expiration but it is your responsibility to appear for renewal at any DMV Office or substation.
If you hold a Visa or EAD Card, renewals must be done in person at the Concord office.
If you change your name or address you must notify the DMV so they can update their system. Changing your name or address is done using the Record Change Form. Refer to our special Changing Your Address section for complete information.
To replace a lost, stolen, or damaged ID card, fill out this application for a duplicate license or ID and take it to any substation.
You'll need to bring proof of identity, and pay a $10 fee.
You will find that having a non-driver ID card is very convenient when you don't have a driver's license. There are many reasons to have a photo identification card; for example, banking and working.
A photo ID is not required for voting in New Hampshire but there is growing support for photo identification at voting stations when the voter is not personally recognized by the checklist keeper. This debate is argued both ways in Concord at the State House. Not yet a law, but don't be surprised if you are asked for ID at the voter check in table.
In New Hampshire, applying for a non-driver ID card is easy and inexpensive. Once you have the non-driver ID card in your wallet or purse you will quickly grow accustomed to using it when proving your identity and age.
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