Identification Cards in Washington DC
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The District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles issues a nondriver identification card for those who don't or can't have a driver's license. These cards are useful as an official proof of identification. If you are a District of Columbia resident and don't hold a valid driver's license in the district or anywhere else, you may apply for a DC nondriver ID card.
You must be at least 15 years old. Appear in person at a DMV service location and provide:
- A completed DC Identification Card Application (Form DMVR-4).
- Proof of your identity.
- Proof of your Social Security number.
- Proof of current DC residency.
- A $20 fee.
- NOTE: The card is free for individuals over 65 years old, for ex-offenders who have been released within the past 6 months, and for homeless residents.
Please note that the DC DMV does not accept scanned or photocopied documents. Remember that this nondriver ID is issued only for the purpose of verifying identification, and it is not a license to operate a vehicle.
Once you provide the required documents and application, your photo will be taken and you'll be issued your ID card. It is valid for 8 years (the timeframe may be shorter for non-U.S. residents due to the U.S. immigration expiration date).
If your DC nondriver ID card is lost or stolen, you may get a replacement card for $20 by supplying the same documentation required for a new card. You can order your replacement card either in person at a DMV service location or online with a major credit card. If your ID card was stolen, you will also need to provide a police report.
Keep in mind that if you order your replacement card online, it will only be mailed to the address on file at the DMV. If your address or name has changed, then you'll have to handle this transaction in person at a DMV service location.
If you are not a U.S. citizen, you'll also have to apply in person.
In the District of Columbia, it is very convenient to renew your nondriver Washington, D.C. ID card online up to 60 days before its expiration date. If you wait beyond the 60 days, you'll have to renew the card in person at a DMV service location.
It costs $20 to renew.
You can renew in person, online, or by mail. (Non-citizens must renew in person.)
To renew your DC nondriver ID card in person, present your current ID card and a completed DC Identification Card Application (form DMVR-4).
If you have either changed your name or moved, you will have to provide proof of the change.
To renew by mail, send your application and fee to:
DC Department of Motor Vehicles
ATTN: Driver License/ID Card Renewal
P.O. Box 90120
Washington, DC 20090
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