The state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) provides NY ID cards to the residents regardless of one’s age. You can obtain an ID, also referred to as non-driver ID by satisfactorily meeting a set of requirements in the application procedure. The following is the procedure on how to get an ID in New York:

Docs required for ID card

An individual is required to provide proof of their date of birth and name. You can use the following documents required to attain a four-point value to prove your name.
  • Social Security card
  • College ID card
  • Bank statement
  • Utility bill.

NY ID Card Fees

The cost will be applied to the following:
  • Replacement NY ID Card Fees
  • Original Non-Driver Photo ID Card Fees
  • NY ID Card Renewal Fees

NY ID Card Renewal Fees

  • $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.
For an ID valid 10 years there is no fee if you are 62 years of age or older and collect SSi

Replacement NY ID Card Fees

  • $8 for an ID card valid 4 years or 8 years.
  • $6.50 for an ID card valid 10 years.
No fee for an ID card valid 10 years if you are over 62 years old and receive SSI.

Original Non-Driver Photo ID Card Fees

  • $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
No fee for an ID card valid 10 years, if you are 62 years old or older and receive SSI. It is possible to pay for your ID card at an NYS DMV with a check, cash, or credit card.

Renew a New York ID Card

You receive your ID card renewal notice from the NYS DMV approximately 50 days before your ID card expires. The notice indicates if you can renew your ID card in person, or by mail, or online. You will need to re-apply for a new non-driver photo ID card if your ID card expired over 2 years ago. Updating a photo on your ID will require you to renew in person at your local NYS DMV office.

Renew Online

You can renew your card id online for the following reasons:
  • Current ID has expired in less than 1 year or has expired less than 2 years ago.
  • Currently, are living in the U.S.
  • Your SSN is on record with the DMV.

Renew in Person or by Mail

Return the renewal notice you obtained from the DMV after you have completed and signed it either in person at an NYS DMV office or by mail. Renewing your ID card by mail or in person requires the following:
  • 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 your 21st birthday is within the next 40 days or more you will get a card without "Under 21" on it Send your renewal application by mail to any DMV office.

Change Your Name

To change your name with the New York DMV, you have to visit your local New York DMV office in person.  Bring the following:
  • Your current NYS DMV photo ID or other proof of identity such as U.S. passport, citizenship certificate, or birth certificate totaling at least 6 points.
  • Official documents issued in the U.S. proving your new name such as a marriage certificate or court papers, OR proof of name documents like U.S. passport, citizenship certificate, U.S. high school or college ID card. Totaling at least 6 points.
  • Completed Application for Driver License or Non-Driver ID Card

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How to Qualify for an ID Card

For you to qualify for NY ID card, you must append your signature on a minimum of one of the documents enclosed in your application. Additionally, your copies of the application must be certified to be original if you are to submit them in person. DMV does not accept multiple, altered and expired documents. If you have not attained the age of 21 during your application for an ID card, you must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to verify your identity. Your parent or guardian will also be required to produce proof of their identity on a six-point value. Your parent can apply for an ID card on your behalf if you are below 16 years upon completing to fill the application form, provide your Social Security Number and proof of your date of birth.

Differences Between License and ID Card

An ID cannot substitute a New York driver license. For you to drive, you must sit and pass a driving exam. You can complete a defensive driving course online for New York. You can exchange your New York drivers license qualifications for an ID card, but you cannot exchange an ID for a New York license. You require to have attained a minimum age for you to qualify for a driver’s license while there is no age limit when applying for an ID card.