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    Rhode Island ID Card Basics

    Having a Rhode Island identification card is like owning a snowblower. It's not a must-have possession, but you're sure glad you own one when the situation calls for it!

    An identification card can be used to cash checks, buy liquor, enter bars, board airlines, and check into hotels if you're paying with cash. Only Rhode Island residents who don't have a valid driver's license are eligible to receive an identification card.

    You can apply for a non-driver identification card at any Division of Motor Vehicles office. The cards cost $26.50. Residents 59 years old and older receive their identifications cards for free.

    Rhode Island ID Card Requirements

    To receive a Rhode Island non-driver photo identification card, you must meet the following criteria:

    • You must be a Rhode Island resident.
    • You cannot have a driver's license from Rhode Island or any other state.
    • You must complete the Application for License, Identification Card and Permits (Form LI-1).
    • You must provide a valid identity document.
    • You must furnish proof of Rhode Island residency.
    • You must prove your Social Security number or provide an acceptable denial letter with a legitimate visa code.
    • You must pay the applicable fee:
      • Younger than 59 years old: $26.50.
      • 59 years old or older: Free.

    NOTE: Accepted forms of ID are also listed on the application itself.

    Renewing Your RI ID Card

    You can renew your Rhode Island ID card:

    • Online.
    • In person.

    Online

    Your ID card can be renewed online using the RI DMV Online Service. You will need:

    • Your ID card.
    • A credit card for the $26.50 renewal fee.
      • Free, if you are 59 years old or older.

    You can print a receipt to carry with your expired ID until your new ID arrives within 60 days.

    In Person

    To renew your Rhode Island ID card in person, go to a RI DMV location. You will need:

    Replacing Your Rhode Island ID Card

    To replace a lost, stolen, or damaged ID card:

    Make sure your name is accurately represented with the Social Security Administration before attempting to obtain the duplicate ID. Visit Social Security Online for more information about effecting a name change.

    Change Your Address

    When you move, you are required to notify the Rhode Island DMV of your new address within 10 days.

    You can complete a change of address:

    • Online.
    • By mail.
    • In person.

    Online

    You can change your address online using the RI DMV Online Service. You will need:

    • Your ID card.
    • A credit card for the $6.50 update fee.
      • If you are 59 years old or older, the change will be free.

    NOTE: You will NOT get a new ID card. If you want a new card, you must go in person to an RI DMV office.

    By Mail

    To change your address by mail, you’ll need to mail the completed Change of Address Notice to:

    Division of Motor Vehicles
    Attn: Address Change
    600 New London Ave.
    Cranston, RI 02920

    It is free if you update your address by mail.

    NOTE: You will NOT receive a new identification card. You should write your new address on the back of your card. To get a new ID card, go in person to a RI DMV office.

    In Person

    To update your ID card in person and get a new ID card, go to any DMV location. You will need:

    Change Your Name

    Name changes can ONLY be completed at a DMV branch.

    NOTE: Before you can change your name with the RI DMV, you must first change your name with the Social Security Administration.

    When you go to the DMV, you will need:

    • Your current Rhode Island ID card.
    • A completed and signed Application for License, Identification Card and Permits (Form LI-1).
    • 1 document showing your new name, such as:
      • A marriage certificate.
      • A divorce decree.
      • A court order.
    • Fee payment:
      • $26.50 duplicate fee for a new card.
      • Free for a card, if you are 59 years old or older.

    Real ID Act Compliance

    Rhode Island's governor has decided to bring the state into compliance with the REAL ID Act. This federal act, passed under the umbrella of the Patriot Act, requires that the original documents presented by an individual obtaining an ID be scanned and authenticated. These documents are then linked to a secured record.