What is a State ID?
State ID is a document (card) issued by a particular state to show that you are a resident of that state. It has your picture and your personal information, such as your address and your date of birth printed on it.
How to obtain a state ID?
In most states, bureau that is authorized to issue a state ID is DMV (Department of Motor Vehicle). If you need to make a state ID, you can locate the nearest DMV from dmv.org – location & hours
Documents that you need to show at the DMV vary depending on the state. However, generally you will be asked to show:
- Proof of name and date of birth (you can show your passport)
- Social Security Card (if you do not have one, you can show your 999-xx-xxx number from school, and explain to the officer that you are an international student)
- Document that show you are living in a particular state (you can show one of your mail with your address on it or your apartment leasing contract)
- Fee (the amount varies depending on the state)
The officer that help you in the bureau will ask you to fill out an application form for state ID or he / she will fill it out for you based on the information that you give him / her. After that the officer will have your picture taken and your finger printed on the card.
The card will be ready for you immediately after your picture taken and you have your finger printed.