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    Why Get an ID Card?

    Though not mandatory, an identification card is highly recommended if you don't have a driver's license. It makes your life easier by not having to present your birth certificate or Social Security card whenever faced with a proof-of-identification situation such as applying for a car license or a passport. Plus, an identification card can be used to cash a check, board an airplane, check into a hotel, use a credit card, or, depending on your age, to buy alcohol or enter a bar.

    How to Apply

    Before applying, bear in mind that you must be a full-time Vermont resident. If you are a college student from out of state or a temporary in-state worker, you do not qualify. If you meet this precondition, you then must:

    • Apply in person at any of Vermont's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offices (Form VL017).
      • You cannot apply by mail or online.
    • Complete the Application for Vermont Non Driver ID.
    • Provide the required identification documents. The DMV provides a full list of accepted documents, but understand you'll be required to provide proof all of the following:
      • Identity and date of birth.
      • Lawful presence in the U.S.
      • Social Security number.
      • Residency.
    • Pay the appropriate fee:
      • ID card: $20.
      • ID card for those who receive Social Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability (SSD): $10.
        • To qualify for the reduced fee, you'll need to show your benefit verification letter.
      • Enhanced ID Card: $25 additional fee (added to the normal $20 fee).
        • See "The Enhanced Driver License/Identification Card Program (EDL/ID)" section below.

    All identification cards expire the night before the holders 4th anniversary of the their birthday after issue. You are required by law to notify the DMV within 30 days of any name and/or address changes. You must apply in person to have your name changed on your non-driver ID card.

    How to Renew

    The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will send you a computer-generated renewal notice approximately 30 days before your ID card is set to expire.

    You are required to renew your ID in person for your 1st renewal after January 1, 2014. This is because the DMV is now issuing REAL-ID compliant cards. REAL ID cards are identified by a star in the upper right hand corner. At the time of renewal, you will be issued a REAL ID-compliant card. You must bring all the forms of identification listed above in "How to Apply".

    If you currently hold a non-compliant ID and apply to renew by mail, you'll be issued a non REAL ID-compliant card that will only be valid for 2 years.

    If your ID is already REAL ID-compliant, you'll only need a primary and secondary form of ID to renew. Do note, however, that if you have temporary lawful status in the country, you must show proof of your lawful presence at each renewal.

    Replacing an ID Card

    You must visit any DMV office in person to apply for a duplicate ID card. You must provide:

    The Enhanced Driver License/Identification Card Program (EDL/ID)

    Vermont now issues Enhanced Driver License and Identification Cards. These EDL/IDs must meet federal requirements. EDL/IDs are approved alternative documents to a passport for re-entry into the U.S. at land and sea borders between the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, and the Caribbean.

    American citizens must show an EDL/ID or a passport upon re-entry into the country at land and sea borders between U.S., Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, and Caribbean.

    EDL/IDs cost $25 in addition to the fee for a regular driver license or identification card. Applicants must also show proof of citizenship and residence.

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