When to Renew Your Identification Card

By: Staff Writer June 11, 2012
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Though an expired ID card does not present the same teeth-gnashing penalties as, say, an expired vehicle registration, you still need to keep it current. Presenting an expired ID card to an airport TSA agent, for example, may not get you past airport security.

Good luck in then trying to explain that to your boss.

Some states mail ID renewal notices. Oklahoma, for example, sends one out via e-mail 45 days prior to the card's expiration date. Otherwise, the responsibility falls on you to know when your card expires.

Fortunately, there's no trick to it. Expiration dates are posted on all identification cards. All you have to do is look at it. In most instances, you'll find the expiration date posted on the front of the ID card.

Identification Card Renewal Options

Depending on your state, you may have all or some of the renewal options:

  • In person
  • Online
  • By mail

Most states allow for advanced renewal, which is a handy option if you know you'll be traveling out of the state. Residents in Wisconsin, for example, can renew their identification cards up to one year prior to the expiration date.

Some states may not allow you to renew your ID card if it has been expired for an extended period of time (usually a year or longer). In this case, you must apply in person for a new ID card, usually at your local DMV office or other state motor vehicle agency. Be prepared to present all required forms of ID (proof of residency, proof of name and date of birth, proof of legal presence) you presented the first time.

Do you have any expired identification card horror stories? Share in the comments!

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