How to make my own ID cards

Updated April 17, 2017

Having your own identification (ID) card can be extremely helpful in the case of an emergency. This is especially important for children and teenagers who aren't old enough to apply for a state ID or driver's license ID card. You can customise your ID card with whatever information you like and a picture. Laminating your ID card is a great idea. This will make sure that your ID is waterproof and will not be easily torn or damaged.

Decide what information you would like to have on your ID card. Some good choices are full name, date of birth, address, telephone number and details of your next of kin (or who to contact in an emergency). Other useful details could include your health care/insurance provider and number, your blood type and any allergies or medical conditions.

Choose whether to make your ID card by hand or by using a word processing program such as Microsoft Word.

Consult any ID cards you already have for style guidance.

Trim a piece of white paper using scissors or a paper trimmer to 3.375-by-2.125 inches (a standard size for ID cards).

Write your information out clearly and legibly on the piece of paper. Be sure to leave room for a photograph.

Using a glue stick or double-sided tape, attach a small photo to either the right or left corner of the paper.

Create an ID card using ready-made templates available on several websites. offers free templates that are useful to design your own ID card in a range of options. You can customise the fields that you would like to include. The ID Flow software found at is available to purchase and creates larger quantities of ID cards with a more professional look and feel. See Resources for links to these and other ID websites.

Save your creation on to your hard drive or desktop and print out the ID card.

Cut out the card using scissors or paper trimmers.

Decide whether you would like to laminate your card. If you have access to a laminator, run the card through a laminating machine. A cheap and simple way to protect an ID card without a laminator is to stick the card inside of a plastic pocket (for use in binders and to hold papers). Cut the plastic pocket to roughly 1 centimetre larger than the ID card and staple all four sides closed.

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors or paper trimmer
  • Glue or double-sided tape
  • Photograph
  • Laminator (optional)
  • Plastic pocket (optional)
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About the Author

Nicole Carlin is a yoga and dance teacher and founder of POP Fizz Academy in Philadelphia. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Temple University and a Master of Arts in gender and sexuality, politics from Birkbeck University, London. Carlin has written about dance, crafts, travel and alternative health for eHow, and Demand Studios.