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    Pennsylvania ID Cards

    The advantages of obtaining a Pennsylvania photo identification card are many, especially in this day of heightened security regulations. If you don't have a driver's license, you can use a state ID card to prove your age, name, and identity and check into a hotel, buy alcohol, board an airline, and apply for a driver's license or passport.

    The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) allows residents to carry both driver's licenses and photo ID cards. However, if you are no longer eligible to driver or have temporary lost your driving privileges, obtaining an ID card can be a good option for you.

    On this page you'll find information about applying for, renewing, and replacing an identification card in Pennsylvania.

    Applying for an ID Card in Pennsylvania

    To obtain a Pennsylvania photo ID card from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), you must apply in person at your local Driver License Center location.

    Be Sure To Bring The Following:

    Under 10 years old? You can't apply for an identification card if you are under 10 years old.

    Need an ID but Already Have a Pennsylvania Driver's License?

    If you already hold a Pennsylvania driver's license, you can also apply for a photo identification card by following the steps above.

    In Pennsylvania, you are permitted to hold both an identification card and a valid driver's license. However, you may also want to apply for an ID card if:

    • You are voluntarily surrendering your driving privileges.
    • You must surrender your driving privileges for health reasons.
    • Your driver's license is currently suspended or revoked and you need a form of photo ID.

    NOTE: To provide proof of your identity, you can use your existing Pennsylvania driver's license.

    Acceptable Identification and Residency Documents

    When you visit your local Pennsylvania DOT office, you'll need to provide documents that prove your identity, citizenship, and Pennsylvania residency. Below are some of the common documents you can bring to satisfy the ID requirements.

    Acceptable Proof of U.S. Citizenship

    All must be original documents. Photocopies will not be considered valid.

    • U.S. birth certificate with raised seal.
    • Certificate of U.S. citizenship.
    • Certificate of naturalization.
    • U.S. passport.

    Acceptable Proof of Residency

    You'll need to show 2 documents to prove your Pennsylvania residency. Common residency documents include:

    • Tax records.
    • Mortgage documents.
    • Lease agreement.
    • W-2 form.
    • Current weapons permit.
    • Current utility bills.

    The DOT provides a full list of accepted proof of ID for U.S. citizens.

    Non-U.S. Citizens

    If you a not a U.S. citizen, you'll need to provide the following to obtain a Pennsylvania ID card:

    • Proof of ID. The PennDOT provides a full list of accepted ID for non-citizens.
    • Proof that you're attending school (if it applies).
    • Proof from your job that you are employed (if it applies).
    • A check or money order to pay the $27.50 fee.

    For more information about obtaining an ID card if you are not a U.S. citizen, please contact the Pennsylvania DOT.

    Pennsylvania ID Card Renewals

    It's easy to renew your ID card in Pennsylvania. Approximately 6 months before you card is due to expire, you will receive a notification in the mail regarding the need for renewal.

    To renew your Pennsylvania ID card, simply:

    You'll be issued a Camera Card to take to your local Photo Center along with the appropriate Proof of Identity.

    If you prefer, you may choose to renew your ID card online by visiting this Driver and Vehicle Service Page on the PennDOT website. Again, you'll be issued a camera card to take to your Photo Center.

    Replacing a Pennsylvania ID Card

    If your ID card is lost, stolen or damaged, you can apply for a replacement online, by mail, or in person.

    To replace your ID card online you must have:

    • Your signature on file with PennDot.
    • Your photo ID number.
    • A valid credit card.
    • A printer.

    You will be able to print out a receipt and your replacement photo ID will be mailed to you in about 15 days.

    To replace your ID card by mail:

    PennDOT
    P.O. Box 68272
    Harrisburg, PA 17106

    Your duplicate ID card will be mailed to you, provided you have a picture on file. Otherwise, PennDOT will mail you a camera card. You then must visit any driver license center, with the camera card, to obtain your ID.

    You may also apply for a replacement Pennsylvania ID card in person at any driver license center by submitting your Non-Commercial Driver's License/Identification Card/Learner's Permit Application to Renew/Replace/Change/Correct (form DL-31). You should be prepared to pay a fee and provide proof of your identity. (See above).