Identification Cards in Idaho

SUMMARY: Idaho Identification Cards

Applying for an ID card in Idaho must be done in person at a DMV office. Renewals can be done in person or by mail, if eligible. If you need to replace a state ID card, you must apply in person. The fee for your ID card will depend on your age and how long it will be valid for.

Continue reading this page to learn how to obtain an identification card from the Idaho Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

REAL IDs in Idaho

The Idaho DMV now issues both federally-compliant REAL ID cards—called Star Cards—as well as non-compliant ID cards. A REAL ID card allows you to use your license as approved identification for activities such as boarding an airplane or entry into federal and military buildings.

Most ID cards issued will be verified REAL IDs, but if you don't qualify, you'll receive a non-compliant ID—details are outlined below.

Apply for an ID Card

To be eligible for a photo identification card in Idaho, you must be a legal resident of the state. There is no age limit for ID cards.

You must apply in person at an Idaho DMV office and you will likely need:

  • Proof of your identity and age, such as your:
    • Passport.
    • Military ID card.
    • U.S. citizenship certificate.
  • Proof of your Idaho residency (2 documents) such as your:
    • Utility bill.
    • Rental agreement.
    • Employment record.
  • Proof of your legal presence in the U.S., such as your:
  • Proof of your name change (if applicable), such as your:
  • To provide your Social Security number (SSN) OR provide proof you are not eligible for one.
  • To pay the required fee.

The Idaho DMV offers a complete guide to REAL ID-compliant documents. If you're unable to provide the proofs specified, you'll receive a non-compliant license instead. You can also choose to apply for a non-compliant license—just remember, you'll need alternative identification in order to board an airplane and enter federal or military buildings.

Fees for an Identification Card in ID

The amount you'll pay for a non-driver ID card in Idaho will depend on your age and the number of years your card is valid for:

  • Younger than 18 years old: $10.
  • 18 to 21 years old: $10.
  • 21 years old and older (valid for 4 years): $15.
  • 21 years old and older (valid for 8 years): $25.

NOTE: The fees above are for originals, renewals, and duplicates.

Contact the Idaho DMV directly for accepted payment methods.

Renew an Idaho ID Card

The length of validity of your Idaho identification card will depend on your age.

  • Younger than 18 years old: Expires 5 days after you turn 18 years old.
  • 18 to 21 years old: Expires 5 days after you turn 21 years old.
  • 21 years old or older: 4 years or 8 years.

NOTE: If you are not a U.S. citizen, your ID card will only be valid for as long as your legal stay is.

The Idaho DMV may give you the option to renew either by mail or in person. If you're eligible to renew by mail, you will receive a reminder before your ID card expires.

You must renew in person at an ID DMV office if:

  • Your last renewal was completed by mail.
  • You need to make any changes to any of your details, such as your name or address.

You will need to pay a renewal fee, which will differ depending on your age and length of renewal.

For more information about renewing your ID identification card, check your renewal notice or contact the ID DMV.

Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Damaged ID Card

If your Idaho ID card is damaged or missing, you must apply for a duplicate in person at an ID DMV office. You should bring proof of your:

  • Age and identity (e.g., passport, U.S. citizenship certificate, military ID).
  • Idaho address (e.g., utility bill, school records, rental agreement).
  • Legal U.S. presence (e.g., U.S. birth certificate, foreign passport and I-94 print out, employment authorization card).
  • Name change, if required (e.g., court document, marriage certificate, divorce decree).

For a complete list of required and accepted documents, visit the Idaho Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) website or contact then ID DMV directly.

You will need to:

  • Pay the replacement fee.
  • Provide your SSN OR proof you are not eligible for one.

Change Your Name or Idaho Address

If your name or address is now different to what is on your current ID card, you'll need to update the ID DMV.

Changing your address can be done either:

  • By mail.
  • By fax.
  • In person.
  • By e-mail.

For complete instructions, visit our Change of Address in Idaho page.

Changing your name must be done in person at an Idaho DMV office. You will need to show proof of your name change and pay a replacement ID card fee.

Visit our Changing Your Name page for more information.

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