Get a non-driver ID card

Who can get a non-driver ID (NDID) card?

A person any age can get a non-driver ID card. You must apply at a DMV office1 We will give you a temporary non-photo document at the DMV office.  Allow 2 weeks to receive your photo ID card in the mail.


Important: New York offers three types of non-driver IDs

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

 

Know what to bring to the DMV office

Complete this guide to make sure you have the documents and proofs of identification you need.

find out what documents you need to bring to an office

 

Fee

Learn more about Standard, REAL ID and Enhanced documents.

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

 

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

 

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

 

 


Reduced fee or 'No Fee' non-driver IDs

If you receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or are over age 62, you are eligible to get a reduced fee or 'No Fee' document. 

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)

 

Applicants under age 21

If you are under age 21, a parent or guardian can verify your identity by completing a Statement of Identity by Parent/Guardian (MV-45).   Your parent or guardian must sign it at the DMV, and they must present 6 points of proof of their identity. You must still provide proof of your date of birth and your Social Security Card or proof that you are not eligible for a card.



Parents of children under age 16

The parent of a child under age 16 may apply for a non-driver ID card for their child.  The parent must complete a Statement of Identity by Parent/Guardian (MV-45) and provide proof of their child's date of birth and his or her Social Security Card (or proof they are not eligible for a card).

 

Once your non-driver ID is ordered

It takes about 2 weeks for your ID to come in the mail. You can check the mailing status online.  If it has been more than 2 weeks since you ordered, contact us.

 

Still haven't found what you are looking for?

See a list of non-driver ID topics.

  • 1. You must apply for an original non-driver ID in a DMV office. This cannot be done online, by mail, or by phone.