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

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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 in a DMV office.  To upgrade your license to a Real ID, you must show proof of your Social Security Number or provide an exemption letter from the Social Security administration. To upgrade to an Enhanced ID, you must show proof of your citizenship in the United States and provide either your Social Security Number or an exemption letter.

 

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 2021 (unless you have a Passport). If you plan on traveling, we recommend you come to DMV now and avoid a second office visit. Learn more about Enhanced, REAL ID and Standard documents

Complete this guide to make sure you have the proofs of identification you need before you come to DMV. Select the "Replace, Renew, or Change my existing NY State License/ID to REAL ID or Enhanced" option. 

 

Find the documents you need to get a non-driver ID

 

By mail

ImportantIf you have a Standard, it will not be accepted as proof of identification to board a domestic flight after October 1, 2021 (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.  
 


Mail

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


To

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

By an express mail service

DMV License Production Bureau 
Room 424A, 6 Empire State Plaza 
Albany, NY 12228

 

 

Fees

 

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
Any age and receive public assistance4 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
Any age and receive public assistance4 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
Any age and receive public assistance4 years$30.00

 Learn more about Standard, REAL ID and Enhanced documents.

 

 

Reduced fee or 'No Fee' non-driver IDs

To get a reduced fee or 'No Fee' non-driver ID, you must you must apply by mail or at a DMV office (sorry, you cannot apply online).

You may be eligible for a reduced fee or no fee non-driver ID if you are 62 or older and you receive supplemental security income, or if you are any age and receive public assistance.

Age 62 or older and receive Supplement Security Income

Provide proof of your eligibility for Supplemental Security Income. This proof can be:

  • 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)

At a DMV office:  Bring original proof of Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
By mail: Send us a photocopy of your proof of Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Receive Public Assistance, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, or Medical Assistance

Provide proof that you receive Public Assistance, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, or Medical Assistance. This proof can be:

At a DMV office:  Bring original proofs.
By mail: Send us a photocopy of your proofs.

 

For your convenience, many DMV PDF forms can be filled in online and then printed.