Obtain An Identification Card In Virginia

Do you need to apply for a state ID in Virginia? The ID card application doesn't have to be complicated. We've collected helpful information to assist you with everything you need to know about getting an ID card and renewing an ID card. You will also learn how to replace your ID card in Virginia or purchase a duplicate Virginia ID card. Select from the options below to get started:

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1: Get Started with Online Application Assistance

Application assistance services can simplify the process for many DMV related services for a fee, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips, trends, legislative updates and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.

2: By mail

Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the DMV in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local DMV.

3: Via a DMV office

If your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at your local DMV office. Varying DMV offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the DMV closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your DMV allows you to make a personal appointment.

Regardless of why you do not own a driver's license, you will still need to apply for an ID card for various reasons, ranging from leisure activities to travel. Getting an ID card in Virginia is simple, and you should begin the ID card application process as soon as you are ready.

Obtaining a new ID card

In the state of Virginia, you can get an adult ID card (http://www.dmv.state.va.us/drivers/id/adult_id.html) or a child ID card (http://www.dmv.state.va.us/drivers/#id/child_id.asp). A child ID is for any child under the age of 15 years old.

To apply for an ID, you should plan a visit to your DMV office


The cost of a Virginia identification card is $10. Payments can be made using cash, check, check card, money order or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express).


To get a state ID card in Virginia, you must provide as many of the following documents as you can:

  • Completed application
  • Social Security card or proof of SSN like a W-2 or 1099
  • Valid U.S. passport
  • Valid permanent resident card
  • Military ID
  • Marriage certificate
  • Government employee ID
  • Birth certificate
  • Certificate of Naturalization
  • Paystub with your name and Social Security Number

You may also need additional forms of identification if one of the above documents does not contain a photo. For a list of these documents, click here.

What is a Virginia state ID?

A state ID is an acceptable replacement for a drivers license typically used by minors, the elderly or by anyone who does not want a drivers license, but still needs identification in Virginia. For more information on how to get an identification card in Virginia, click here.

ID card renewal

You will need to renew your ID card every five years, at the end of your birthday month. You will receive a renewal application before your ID card expires. Make sure your current address is updated with the DMV at: http://www.dmv.state.va.us/general/#records/update_add.asp.

You will need to renew your ID in-person at a customer service center or online.

The cost of renewing your ID is $10.

Replacement ID cards

If you have lost your ID card, or it has been stolen or severely damaged, you should look into replacing it immediately. A stolen ID card may lead to identity theft, so it is important that you replace your identification card as soon as possible. A replacement ID card in Virginia costs $10. Instructions for getting a duplicate ID cards are similar, but be sure to bring everything you will need for your new ID card copy before you head to the DMV by clicking here.

For more information, call 804-497-7100, or go to: http://www.dmv.state.va.us/general/#utilities/contact.asp

For a list of related services, see below:

Obtain a new driver's license here.
Renew a driver's license here.
Replace a driver's license here.