Identification Cards in West Virginia
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It's the question all youths younger than 18 learn to loathe and the question all women older than 30 learn to love. West Virginians need proof of identity in order to make certain purchases, enter particular facilities, and take part in some activities. It's probably safe to say that the most popular form of identification is a driver's license; however, not everyone drives. Is there another option?
Yes. A photo identification card.
Aside from the fact that it doesn't license you to operate a motor vehicle, a photo ID card is much like a driver's license in function. The ID card will include your basic information (name, address, height, weight, age, etc.) and your picture. You can also display your choice to become an organ donor on your ID card.
Applying for a photo ID card is much like applying for your driver's license for the first time, without taking the tests. Head to your local Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office―the process is simple.
- Download the photo ID application, or obtain one from your local DMV office.
- Take proof of your identity, two proofs of WV residency and proof of your Social Security number.
- The same fees that apply for application and renewal of driver's licenses also apply to photo ID cards.
Child Identification Card
Children between the ages of two and 15 may apply for a photo ID card, as well. The process varies only in that a parent or guardian must sign the application form. Be sure to take the child's birth certificate, Social Security card, and two proofs of WV residency. The fee for a child identification card is $5, as is the fee for a duplicate (replacement).
Renewal of photo ID cards works the same as renewal of driver's licenses, and just as with driver's licenses, photo ID cards will need to be renewed when you turns 18 and again you turn 21. Check out the WV Drive for Five program for more information on expiration dates and fees.
Unfortunately, renewing your photo ID card through the mail or online is not an option in West Virginia. If you are out of the state at the time of renewal, you'll need to contact the DMV at (304) 558-3900 for renewal arrangements.
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