Identification Cards in New York

How to get a state ID card in New York:

  • Visit your local NYSDMV office.
  • Complete an Application for Driver License or Non-Driver ID Card (Form MV-44).
  • Provide proof of your name, identity, and SSN.
  • Pay the identification card fee ($13 for 8 years, $9 for 4 years).

For more details and for info. on how to renew or replace a New York ID card, please see below.

New York REAL ID Driver's License

The New York DMV issues federally-compliant REAL ID cards in addition to non-compliant licenses. As of October 1, 2020, only the REAL ID will function as federal identification for domestic travel and entry into federal and military buildings—a standard license will not after this date. Enhanced IDs in NY are automatically REAL ID-compliant.

You have the choice to apply for a non-compliant ID card or upgrade to a REAL ID—we'll walk you through the requirements below. For more detail, visit the NY DMV's guide to REAL IDs.

NY ID Card Eligibility Requirements

You can apply for a New York identification card at any age. If you are under 16 years old you will need consent from your parent or guardian.

To apply for a photo ID card, you must:

  • Be a citizen or a legal resident of the U.S.
  • Be a resident of New York State.
  • Have your original birth certificate.
  • Have your Social Security card.
  • Be able to provide enough documents to verify your identity.

Apply for a NYS ID Card

Applying for an original non-driver photo ID card (NDID), an enhanced non-driver photo ID card (ENDID), or a federally compliant REAL ID in New York is not available online. You must visit a New York State Department of Motor Vehicles office in person for a new ID, or you can mail in your application if you are exchanging your driver's license or learner permit.

Apply for a New ID Card

You must apply for a brand new NYS NDID, REAL ID, or ENDID in person at a NYS DMV office.

You will need to bring:

  • Proof of identity based on which credential you want:
    • REAL ID or enhanced ID—Bring proof of your:
      • Name and birth date.
      • U.S. citizenship or legal presence.
      • Social Security number.
      • NY residency (2 documents).
    • Non-compliant ID card—Submit proof of your name, birth date, and SSN.
  • A completed Application for Driver License or Non-Driver ID Card (Form MV-44) 
    • For an enhanced NY ID, see "Enhanced IDs" below for details.
  • Photocopy of proof of Supplemental Security Income (SSI), if applicable. This may include an SSI award letter, a letter from SSA, or a benefit verification letter (a list of accepted proof of SSI documents can be found online).

If you are under 16 years old, your parent or guardian must be with you when you apply. They must fill out a Statement of Identity and/or Residence by Parent/Guardian (Form MV-45 ) and bring their own state ID card.

NY Identification Card Fees

Original Non-Driver Photo ID Card Fees

You will pay the following for an original New York State NDID:

  • $13 for an ID card valid 8 years.
  • $9 for an ID card valid 4 years.
  • $6.50 for an ID card valid 10 years, if you're either:
    • Under 62 years old and receive SSI.
    • 62 years old or older and do not receive SSI.
  • There is no fee for an ID card valid 10 years, if you're 62 years old or older and receive SSI.

You can pay for your ID card at a NYS DMV with cash, check, or credit card.

NY ID Card Renewal Fees

Renewing your non-driver photo ID card will cost you:

  • $9 for an ID card valid 4 years.
  • $13 for an ID card valid 8 years.
  • $6.50 for an ID card valid 10 years if you're 62 years old or older and do not receive SSI.
  • $6.50 for an ID card valid 10 years if you're under 62 years old and receive SSI.
  • There is no fee if you're over 62 years old and receive SSI.

Replacement NY ID Card Fees

If you need to replace your NYS NDID card due to loss of card or change of details, it will cost you:

  • $8 for an ID card valid 4 years or 8 years.
  • $6.50 for an ID card valid 10 years.
  • There is no fee for an ID card valid 10 years if you're over 62 years old and receive SSI.

Enhanced Non-Driver Photo ID Card Fees

Calculate how much it will cost to replace your NDID with an enhanced non-driver photo ID card (ENDID) using the NYS DMV's online calculator.

Renew Your New York ID Card

You will receive your ID card renewal notice from the NYS DMV before your ID card expires. The notice will indicate whether you can renew your ID card online, in person, or by mail.

If your ID card expired over 2 years ago, you will need to re-apply for a new non-driver photo ID card.

If you are updating the photo on your ID card you will need to renew it in person at your local NYS DMV office.

Renew Online

You can renew your identification card online if:

  • Your current ID expires in less than 1 year or expired less than 2 years ago.
  • You currently live in the U.S.
  • Your Social Security number (SSN) is on record with the DMV.
  • You are NOT:
    • Upgrading from a non-compliant ID to a REAL ID or enhanced ID.
    • Updating the photo on your ID card.

You will need the following to renew your ID card online:

  • Valid credit card to make the renewal payment online.
  • Client ID Number located on the upper left corner of your ID card.
  • Document Number located on the lower right corner of your ID card.
  • Valid email address.
  • Last 4 digits of your SSN.

Your new NYS identification card will arrive in the mail approximately 2 weeks from when you completed your renewal application. You can check online to see if your new ID card has been sent.

Renew by Mail or in Person

Complete, sign, and return the renewal notice you received from the DMV, either in person at a NYS DMV office or by mail. If you're upgrading to an enhanced ID or a REAL ID, you'll need to bring the required identity and residency documents outlined below.

If you renew your ID card by mail, you must include a:

  • Check payable to “Commissioner of Motor Vehicles."
  • Pre-paid, pre-addressed express mail envelope if you want the DMV to send your ID card via express mail.

If you will be 21 years old within the next 40 days, you will receive a card without "Under 21" on its face.

Send your renewal application by mail to any DMV office.

Replace a Lost or Stolen New York ID Card

Online

You can order a replacement ID card online if:

  • You are under 25 years old and you have never ordered a replacement card online.
  • Your lost or stolen card has not expired.
  • You are not replacing a non-driver ID card valid 10 years for residents over 62 years old receiving SSI.
  • You are not changing any information on the card.
  • You need delivery to a U.S. mailing address that is on DMV records.
  • It's the same kind of card you already possess. You CANNOT replace a standard ID with a REAL ID. To obtain a REAL ID, see the Apply for a New ID Card section above. 

To order a replacement ID card online, visit the NY DMV's online duplicate ID portal and follow the directions given.

By Mail

To order a replacement New York ID card by mail, you will need to send to the DMV:

  • A completed online duplicate ID portal (Form MV-44) or a completed Application for Driver License or Non-Driver ID Card (for an enhanced NY ID (see "Enhanced IDs" below for details).
  • A photocopy of your document proving of date of birth (e.g. U.S. birth certificate, U.S. passport, citizenship certificate).
  • Copies of documents showing proof of name totaling 6 points (e.g. U.S. passport, citizenship certificate, U.S. college or high school ID card).
  • A check for the appropriate fee made payable to “Commissioner of Motor Vehicles."
  • A pre-paid, self-addressed express mail envelope if you need the DMV to deliver your card via express mail.

NOTE: A full list of proof of identity documents can be found online.

Send your replacement application by USPS mail to any DMV office.

In Person

To order a replacement New York ID card in person, you will need to bring the following to a DMV office:

  • A completed online duplicate ID portal (Form MV-44) or a completed Application for Driver License or Non-Driver ID Card (for an enhanced NY ID (see "Enhanced IDs" below for details).
  • An original document proving date of birth (e.g. U.S. birth certificate, U.S. passport, citizenship certificate).
  • Original documents showing proof of name totaling 6 points (e.g. U.S. passport, citizenship certificate, U.S. college or high school ID card).
  • Payment for the replacement ID card.

If you are turning 21 years old within the next 40 days or more, you will receive a card without "Under 21" on its face.

Voting Requirements with a NYS ID Card

When you apply for a New York State ID card, you can also register to vote and use your new photo ID to vote in NYS elections.

To register to vote in New York, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Be 18 years old at the time of election to vote.
  • Have lived at your current NY address at least 30 days before Election Day.
  • Not be in prison or on parole for a felony.
  • Not be found mentally incompetent by a court.
  • Not be registered to vote in another state.

For more information about voting in New York, visit our page on Voter Registration in New York.

Enhanced or REAL ID Non-Driver New York ID Card

You can now apply for an enhanced non-driver photo identification card (ENDID) or REAL ID in New York. An enhanced ID card can be used instead of your passport when returning by land or sea to the U.S. from Canada, Mexico, and parts of the Caribbean. A REAL ID is a federally recognized ID which will allow you to enter federal facilities or fly domestically starting on October 1, 2020. Those options ARE NOT available with a standard ID. 

You must apply for an ENDID in person at a NYS DMV and you will need:

You may also need original or certified copies of documents proving your:

  • Name (e.g. current NYS driver's license, U.S. passport, or U.S. military photo ID).
  • Date of birth (e.g. birth certificate, U.S. passport, or citizenship certificate).
  • U.S. citizenship (e.g. U.S. passport, citizenship certificate, or U.S. birth certificate).
  • NYS residency (e.g. NYS certificate of title, NYS professional license, or NYS driver's license).

For more information about the NYS enhanced non-driver photo ID card and how to apply, visit the NYS DMV website.

You must apply for a REAL ID in person at a NYS DMV.  For information on what documentation you must provide, consult the NYS DMV's REAL ID document guide

Forms

MV-45
Statement of Identity and/or Residence by Parent/Guardian
Use this form if your child doesn%u2019t have adequate proof of name or residence. MUST be completed AT the DMV office by a parent/guardian.
MV-44
Application for Permit, Driver License or Non-Driver ID Card
Application for original OR replacement NY learner's permit, identification card, OR driver's license.