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    Identification Cards in New York

    If you do not have a New York driver’s license you can apply for a NYS non-driver photo ID card (NDID) to use as proof of identity. Your ID card can be used to open a bank account, get an apartment, vote in New York State and get public benefits like health insurance.

    NY ID Card Eligibility Requirements

    You can apply for a New York identification card at any age. If you are under 16 years old you will need consent from your parent or guardian.

    To apply for a photo ID card, you must:

    • Be a citizen or a legal resident of the U.S.
    • Be a resident of New York State.
    • Have your original birth certificate.
    • Have your Social Security card.
    • Be able to provide enough documents to verify your identity.

    Apply for a NYS ID Card

    Applying for an original non-driver photo ID card (NDID) or enhanced non-driver photo ID card (ENDID) in New York is not available online. You must visit a New York State Department of Motor Vehicles office in person for a new ID, or you can mail in your application if you are exchanging your driver license or learner permit.

    Apply for a New ID Card

    You must apply for a brand new NYS NDID or ENDID in person at a NYS DMV office.

    You will need to bring:

    • Proof of identity.
    • Your Social Security card.
    • Original proof of name documents. This may include a college ID card, bank statement, or utility bill (a list of accepted proof of name documents can be found online).
    • A completed Application for Driver License or Non-Driver ID Card (Form MV-44) or a completed Application for Enhanced Driver License or Non-Driver ID Card (Form MV-44EDL) for an enhanced NY ID (see "Enhanced IDs" below for details). You can either print these forms or pick one up at a NYS DMV office.
    • Photocopy of proof of Supplemental Security Income (SSI), if applicable. This may include an SSI award letter, a letter from SSA, or a benefit verification letter (a list of accepted proof of SSI documents can be found online).

    If you are under 16 years old, your parent or guardian must be with you when you apply. They must fill out a Statement of Identity and/or Residence by Parent/Guardian (Form MV-45) and bring their own state ID card.

    NY Identification Card Fees

    Original Non-Driver Photo ID Card Fees

    You will pay the following for an original New York State NDID:

    • $14 for an ID card valid 8 years.
    • $10 for an ID card valid 4 years.
    • $6.50 for an ID card valid 10 years, if you’re either:
      • Under 62 years old and receive SSI.
      • 62 years old or older and do not receive SSI.
    • There is no fee for an ID card valid 10 years, if you’re 62 years old or older and receive SSI.

    You can pay for your ID card at a NYS DMV with cash, check, or credit card.

    NY ID Card Renewal Fees

    Renewing your non-driver photo ID card will cost you:

    • $10 for an ID card valid 4 years.
    • $14 for an ID card valid 8 years.
    • $6.50 for an ID card valid 10 years if you’re 62 years old or older and do not receive SSI.
    • $6.50 for an ID card valid 10 years if you’re under 62 years old and receive SSI.
    • There is no fee if you’re over 62 years old and receive SSI.

    Replacement NY ID Card Fees

    If you need to replace your NYS NDID card due to loss of card or change of details, it will cost you:

    • $8 for an ID card valid 4 years or 8 years.
    • $6.50 for an ID card valid 10 years.
    • There is no fee for an ID card valid 10 years if you’re over 62 years old and receive SSI.

    Enhanced Non-Driver Photo ID Card Fees

    Calculate how much it will cost to replace your NDID with an enhanced non-driver photo ID card (ENDID) using the NYS DMV's online calculator.

    Renew Your New York ID Card

    You will receive your ID card renewal notice from the NYS DMV about 50 days before your ID card expires. The notice will indicate whether you can renew your ID card online, in person, or by mail.

    If your ID card expired over 2 years ago, you will need to re-apply for a new non-driver photo ID card.

    If you are updating the photo on your ID card you will need to renew it in person at your local NYS DMV office.

    Renew Online

    You can renew your identification card online if:

    • Your current ID expires in less than 1 year or expired less than 2 years ago.
    • You currently live in the U.S.
    • Your Social Security number (SSN) is on record with the DMV.

    NOTE: If you are updating the photo on your NYS ID card, you will need to renew it in person at a DMV office.

    You will need the following to renew your ID card online:

    • Valid credit card to make the renewal payment online.
    • Client ID Number located on the upper left corner of your ID card.
    • Document Number located on the lower right corner of your ID card.
    • Valid email address.
    • Last 4 digits of your SSN.

    Your new NYS identification card will arrive in the mail approximately 2 weeks from when you completed your renewal application. You can check online to see if your new ID card has been sent.

    Renew by Mail or in Person

    Complete, sign, and return the renewal notice you received from the DMV, either in person at a NYS DMV office or by mail.

    If you renew your ID card by mail, you must include a:

    • Check payable to “Commissioner of Motor Vehicles.”
    • Pre-paid, pre-addressed express mail envelope if you want the DMV to send your ID card via express mail.

    Send your renewal application by mail to any DMV office.

    Change Your NYS ID Card Information

    Change Your Address

    Write your new address on the space available on the back of your non-driver photo ID card and report this change to the DMV. You have up to 10 days to tell the DMV you have changed your address and you can do this online, by mail, or by phone.

    Online

    Sign up for a MyDMV account and change your address using the online Change DMV Mailing and Residence Addresses service.

    By Mail

    Complete a Change of Address form (Form MV-232) and follow the instructions on the form.

    If you choose to receive a replacement ID card showing your new address, you must also send a valid check payable to “Commissioner of Motor Vehicles” with your form. You should receive your new card in the mail in about 6 weeks.

    By Phone

    Call the DMV Call Center to change your address:

    You must have your ID card ready to prove your identity to the DMV representative.

    If you choose to receive a replacement ID card showing your new address, you will need to pay the appropriate replacement fee.

    Change Your Name

    To change your name with the New York DMV, you must visit your local New York DMV office in person.

    You will need to bring:

    • Your current NYS DMV photo identification or other proof of identity (e.g. U.S. passport, citizenship certificate, or birth certificate) totaling at least 6 points.
    • Official documents issued in the U.S. proving your new name (e.g. U.S. marriage certificate or court papers), OR proof of name documents (e.g. U.S. passport, citizenship certificate, U.S. college or high school ID card) totaling at least 6 points.
    • Completed Application for Driver License or Non-Driver ID Card (Form MV-44) or a completed Application for Driver License or Non-Driver ID Card (Form MV-44EDL) for an enhanced NY ID (see "Enhanced IDs" below for details).

    NOTE: A full list of proof of identity documents can be found online.

    Replace a Lost or Stolen NY ID Card

    Online

    You can order a replacement ID card online if:

    • You haven’t ordered a duplicate card within the last 30 days.
    • You are 25 years old or older and haven't ordered a replacement ID card in the last 2 years.
    • You’re not turning 21 years old in the next 40 days.
    • Your lost or stolen card has not expired.
    • You are not replacing a non-driver ID card valid 10 years for residents over 62 years old receiving SSI.
    • You are not changing any information on the card.
    • You need delivery to a U.S. mailing address that is on DMV records.

    To do so, visit the NY DMV's online duplicate ID portal and follow the directions given.

    By Mail

    To order a replacement NYS ID card by mail, you will need to send to the DMV:

    • A completed online duplicate ID portal (Form MV-44) or a completed Application for Driver License or Non-Driver ID Card (Form MV-44EDL) for an enhanced NY ID (see "Enhanced IDs" below for details).
    • A photocopy of your document proving of date of birth (e.g. U.S. birth certificate, U.S. passport, citizenship certificate).
    • Copies of documents showing proof of name totaling 6 points (e.g. U.S. passport, citizenship certificate, U.S. college or high school ID card).
    • A check for the appropriate fee made payable to “Commissioner of Motor Vehicles.”
    • A pre-paid, self-addressed express mail envelope if you need the DMV to deliver your card via express mail.

    NOTE: A full list of proof of identity documents can be found online.

    Send your replacement application by USPS mail to any DMV office.

    In Person

    To order a replacement NYS ID card in person, you will need to bring the following to a DMV office:

    • A completed online duplicate ID portal (Form MV-44) or a completed Application for Driver License or Non-Driver ID Card (Form MV-44EDL) for an enhanced NY ID (see "Enhanced IDs" below for details).
    • An original document proving date of birth (e.g. U.S. birth certificate, U.S. passport, citizenship certificate).
    • Original documents showing proof of name totaling 6 points (e.g. U.S. passport, citizenship certificate, U.S. college or high school ID card).
    • Payment for the replacement ID card.

    Voting Requirements with a NYS ID Card

    When you apply for a New York State ID card, you can also register to vote and use your new photo ID to vote in NYS elections.

    To register to vote in New York, you must:

    • Be a U.S. citizen.
    • Be 18 years old or older by the end of the year.
    • Have lived at your current NY address at least 30 days before Election Day.
    • Not be in prison or on parole for a felony.
    • Not be found mentally incompetent by a court.
    • Not be registered to vote in another state.

    For more information about voting in New York, visit our page on Voter Registration in New York.

    Enhanced Non-Driver Photo ID Card

    You can now apply for an enhanced non-driver photo identification card (ENDID) in New York. An enhanced ID card can be used instead of your passport when returning by land or sea to the U.S. from Canada, Mexico and parts of the Caribbean.

    You must apply for an ENDID in person at a NYS DMV and you will need:

    You may also need original or certified copies of documents proving your:

    • Name (e.g. current NYS driver’s license, U.S. passport, or U.S. military photo ID).
    • Date of birth (e.g. birth certificate, U.S. passport, or citizenship certificate).
    • U.S. citizenship (e.g. U.S. passport, citizenship certificate, or U.S. birth certificate).
    • NYS residency (e.g. NYS certificate of title, NYS professional license, or NYS driver’s license).

    For more information about the NYS enhanced non-driver photo ID card and how to apply, visit the NYS DMV website.

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