Identification Cards in Mississippi
In Mississippi, if you don't have a driver's license, an identification card can be used as both proof of your age and identity. Continue reading to learn more about applying.
REAL ID Requirements in Mississippi
The Mississippi DPS complies with the REAL ID Act of 2005, meaning it provides first-time driver license and ID card applicants with REAL ID-compliant credentials. REAL ID driver’s licenses meet the federal identification requirements required for tasks such as entering federal buildings and boarding domestic commercial flights. Without a REAL ID, you'll need to bring your passport or birth certificate for such activities.
ID Card Eligibility Requirements
Any person who is 6 years old or older is eligible to apply for an identity card from the Mississippi Department of Public Safety (DPS).
See below for instructions on how to apply.
Apply for a MS Identification CardTo apply for a state ID card in Mississippi, visit your local MS DPS office and:
- Complete and sign an application form (available from the MS DPS office).
- Provide acceptable proof of your:
- Social Security number.
- Mississippi residency, if you're over 21 years old.
- Pay the $33 fee.
Fees for an Identification Card
Fees for ID cards are as follows:
- Original identification cards: $33.
- Disability ID card: $19.
- Disability ID card (if you are blind): $22.
- Renewals: $33.
- Duplicate ID card: $11.
Fees must be paid in cash only; no checks, credit cards, or money orders are accepted.
Renew Your ID Card in Mississippi
Your standard ID card will be valid for 8 years at a time. If you are legally blind, your Mississippi ID card will be valid for 8 years.
In Mississippi, you can renew your identification card either online or in person.
You can renew your MS ID card online if you still live at the address printed on your current ID card AND if you're not upgrading to a REAL ID-compliant card. Since cards cannot be forwarded, you must renew your ID card in person if your address has since changed.
To renew your ID card online, visit the Mississippi DPS website and be prepared to pay the $33 fee.
If you have moved residence since you were issued your last identification card, you will need to renew it in person. Visit your localMS DPS office and:
- Complete an application form.
- Pay the $33 fee.
You may also need to show:
- A certified copy of your birth certificate.
- Your Social Security card.
- Proof of your MS residency.
- See the state's guide to acceptable documents for help.
You can also renew your ID card at a Mississippi license renewal kiosk, if you meet the eligibility requirements. For more information and locations, visit the MS DPS website.
Replace Your Lost or Stolen ID Card
You can replace your MS identification card either online or in person.
To be eligible for an online replacement, you must still live at the same address as shown on the ID card you are replacing. If you have a new address, you must order a duplicate in person (see below).
Visit the Mississippi Department of Public Safety website to order a duplicate online. You will need to pay the $11 replacement fee.
To replace a lost, stolen, or damaged ID card in person, visit your local MS DPS office and:
- Show proof of your current MS address, if different from what is printed on your most recent ID card.
- Pay the $11 fee.
Voter Registration and ID Cards
If you do not have an ID card or driver's license in Mississippi, you can apply for a voter ID card to be used to prove your identity during elections. Voter ID cards are free.
To apply, first fill out a Mississippi Mail-In and NVRA Agency Voter Registration Application. Then proceed to a circuit clerk's office. You will also need acceptable photo identification. For a complete list, visit the Mississippi Voter ID website.
NOTE: If you do not have acceptable identification, you can elect to have the clerk verify your birth information.
After applying, you will need to have your photo taken and then you will receive your voter ID card in the mail.
Register to Vote
Voter registration can be completed by:
- Visiting a circuit clerk's office.
- Visiting a municipal clerk's office.
- Checking the applicable box when applying for a driver's license or ID card.
For more information, including eligibility to vote, see our Voter Registration in Mississippi page.