Exchange a NY State driver license for a non-driver ID card

You can exchange a New York State driver license or learner permit that is current or that expired within the last 2 years for a New York State non-driver ID card (NDID). 

You must apply by mail or at a DMV office. 

Important: New York offers three types of documents

Document Type

Enhanced
(EDL)

Federal
REAL ID

Standard*

Displayed on documentFlag displayed on EnhancedStar displayed on REAL ID documentsNot for Federal Purposes displayed on Standard documents
IdentificationYesYesYes
Boarding a domestic (U.S.) flight, entering a Federal
Building or Military Base (starting October, 2020)
YesYesNo
U.S. Border Crossing from Canada, Mexico and some
Caribbean countries
YesNoNo
 

*If your document was issued before October 30, 2017 and is not Enhanced, you have a Standard document. 

Learn more about Enhanced, REAL ID and Standard documents

 

Exchange at an office and upgrade to an Enhanced or REAL ID

You don't have to get an Enhanced or REAL ID. 1 However, if you have a Standard, you will not be allowed to board a domestic flight starting in October 2020 (unless you have a Passport). If you plan on traveling, we recommend you come to DMV now and avoid a second office visit. 

Bring proof of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) if required (see below).

Complete this guide to make sure you have the proofs of identification you need before you come to DMV. 

Find your proofs

 

For quicker service, make a reservation online before visiting offices in New York City, Westchester, Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland, Onondaga or Albany Counties. See offices where this service is available.

 

Exchange by mail

ImportantIf you have a Standard, it will not be accepted as proof of identification to board a domestic flight after October 1, 2020 (unless you have a Passport).  

We recommend you come to the DMV to upgrade to an Enhanced or REAL ID. Follow the instructions above for exchanging at an office.  
 

You will need to send

  • a completed Application for Permit, Driver License or Non-Driver ID Card (MV-44)
  • your driver license or learner permit (must be current or expired for less than two years)
  • photocopy of your proof of SSI, if required (see below) -  DO NOT mail your original document(s)
  • the payment indicated in the chart below


By USPS, send to

DMV License Production Bureau
P.O. Box 2688 ESP
Albany, NY 12220-0668

By an express mail service, send to

DMV License Production Bureau 
Room 331, 6 Empire State Plaza 
Albany, NY 12228

Send a photocopy of your proof of SSI, if required (see below) -  DO NOT mail your original document(s). 

 

Fees

Learn more about Standard, REAL ID and Enhanced documents.

Fees for Standard Non-Driver ID Card
Standard Non-Driver ID CardValidFee
Under age 62, your next birthday is within the next 6 months4 years$9.00
Under age 62, your next birthday is more than 6 months away8 years$13.00
Under age 62 and receive SSI10 years$6.50
Age 62 or older10 years$6.50
Age 62 or older and receive SSI10 yearsNo Fee

 

Fees for REAL ID Non-Driver ID Card
REAL ID Non-Driver ID CardValidFee
Under age 62, your next birthday is within the next 6 months4 years$9.00
Under age 62, your next birthday is more than 6 months away8 years$13.00
Under age 62 and receive SSI 8 years$6.00
Age 62 or older 8 years$6.00
Age 62 or older and receive SSI8 yearsNo Fee

 

Fees for Enhanced Non-Driver ID Card
Enhanced Non-Driver ID CardValidFee
Under age 62, your next birthday is within the next 6 months4 years$39.00
Under age 62, your next birthday is more than 6 months away8 years$43.00
Under age 62 and receive SSI 8 years$36.00
Age 62 or older 8 years$36.00
Age 62 or older and receive SSI8 years$30.00

 

 

 

Proof of Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

To prove you receive SSI, you must bring one of the documents listed below to the DMV. The document must be the original, not photocopy.

  • Notice of Award notifying you that you are eligible for SSI benefits
  • Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) letter
  • Notice of change in payment (SSA-L8151)
  • Third Party Query (TPQY) letter
  • Report of Confidential Social Security Information (SSA-2258)
  • Benefit Verification letter (you must call the Social Security Administration in advance to obtain this letter: 1-800-772-1213)