Maryland Photo ID

WHY DO I NEED A MARYLAND PHOTO ID?

When you start a new job, your employer is required to ask you for proof of identification. Having a photo identification card (ID) can also make it easier for you to get certain kinds of services, such as public benefits. You often need an ID simply to get into the buildings where hearings in shelter and public benefits cases are held

 

WHO CAN APPLY FOR A MARYLAND PHOTO ID?

You can apply for a Maryland Photo ID if you are:

  • a U.S. citizen
  • an immigrant with permanent residence
  • a non-immigrant with valid U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services documentation

 

WHAT IF I AM AN IMMIGRANT WITHOUT VALID US CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION DOCUMENTATION?

Immigrants who do not have valid US Citizenship and Immigration documentation are eligible to apply for a non-compliant driver’s license or identification card.

 

WHAT HAPPENS IF SOMEONE DOES NOT HAVE A FEDERALLY COMPLIANT DRIVER’S LICENSE OR IDENTIFICATION CARD?

Without a Federally compliant driver’s license or photo identification card:

  • You may find it harder to access commercial aircraft flights and enter federal buildings.
  • You may be required to produce additional identity documents
  • You will not be able to use the non-compliant driver’s license or identification card to purchase fire arms.

 

HOW DO I GET A FEDERALLY COMPLIANT MARYLAND PHOTO ID CARD?

Usually, if you have been in a state prison, this will be provided for you before you leave.

If you missed this or you have been in a detention center and never had a card, here’s what you need to know:

 

WHAT TYPE OF DOCUMENTATION DO I NEED TO BRING WITH ME TO APPLY FOR MY MARYLAND PHOTO ID CARD?

In order to apply for a  Maryland Photo ID card, you must bring proof of identity, citizenship, residency, and your social security card.

You must bring:

  • Proof of identity and date of birth, such as:
    • U.S. birth certificate
    • Valid U.S. passport
    • Valid foreign passport with U.S. visa and I-94.
  • Proof of lawful presence in the U.S., such as:
    • Valid U.S. passport.
    • U.S. birth certificate.
    • Valid foreign passport with U.S. visa and I-94.
  • 2 documents proving your MD residency, such as:
    • Utility bill
    • Property tax bill
    • MD vehicle registration card

NOTE: If the name on your Social Security card does not match your identification documents, you must change your name with the Social Security Administration (SSA) before visiting a MD MVA office.

  • Proof of your Social Security number, such as:
    • Original Social Security card.
    • Recent W-2 or 1099 form.
    • Proof of ineligibility

All documents must be originalcertified, or “true test” copies.

 

ARE THERE ANY FEES FOR OBTAINING A MARYLAND PHOTO ID CARD?

YES.  

The fees for new, renewed or duplicate Maryland ID cards vary.

  • Younger than 18 years old: $15 (new/renewals)
  • Older than 18 years old: $24 (new/renewals)
  • Duplicate Maryland ID cards: $20
  • Older than 65 years old: ID Card is free
  • Disabled: ID Card is free

 

HOW LONG WILL MY MARYLAND PHOTO ID REMAIN VALID?

Your age will determine how long your Maryland ID card remains valid:

  • Under 18 years old: 5 years
  • 18 years old and older: 8 years

 

WILL I GET MY MARYLAND PHOTO ID CARD THE SAME DAY?

NO.  Your new Maryland ID card will be sent by mail.

 

I’M A VETERAN.  HOW DO I GET THE VETERAN STATUS CODE ON MY ID CARD?

If you served in the U.S. armed forces on active duty and did not receive a dishonorable discharge, you’re eligible to apply for a “W” veteran status code on your original, renewed or updated Maryland ID card.

You must apply in person at your local MD MVA office to obtain this status.

 

WHAT DOCUMENTS DO I NEED TO BRING TO GET MY VETERAN STATUS CODE ON MY ID CARD?

In addition to the documents required to apply for a new Maryland ID card (see above), you will also need an original or certified copy of a document proving your U.S. military veteran status.

Examples of acceptable documents proving veteran status include:

  • DD-214 military discharge certificate.
  • Honorable discharge certificate.

NOTE:

If you do not have these documents, contact the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs.  You will be contacted by Executive Branch agencies to discuss your eligibility for veteran benefits (state or federal).

You will need to pay the fee (to add/remove a veteran code) in addition to the Maryland ID card fee. View the “Maryland ID Card Fees” section below for fees and payment options.