How to Get a Photo ID in One Day

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How to Get a Photo ID in One Day
Apply for an identification card at your local motor vehicle office. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Every state issues photo identification cards to residents without driver's licenses. Photo ID cards are used to verify identity and age when used to make purchases or obtain information. When you find you need photo identification, you can obtain it in one day, no matter in which state you reside. Your state's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or Department of Transportation (DOT) has local offices where you can apply for a driver's license or state ID card. The local office will process and create the ID card during your appointment.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Visit the local DMV or DOT office to apply for a state-issued photo identification card. Office locations, names and hours vary by city and state.

  2. 2

    Inform the clerk you want to apply for a photo identification card and present the required documentation. You must submit documentation that proves your identity, your residency and your date of birth.

  3. 3

    Allow the clerk at the office to take your photo to place on your identification card. Pay the fee for obtaining a photo ID. The fee and methods of payment accepted vary from state to state. Your photo identification card is issued to you a few minutes after you take your photo and pay the fee.

Tips and warnings

  • Birth certificates, naturalisation certificates, passports, military or government ID cards, certificates of citizenship and consular reports of birth are accepted as proof of your identity and of your birth date. Utility bills, mortgage statements, bank statements, W2s, tax returns and insurance cards are examples of acceptable proof of residency.
  • Some states require additional information such as proof of your social security number and your fingerprints to apply for a state-issued identification card. For example, California law requires these additional documents but Florida law does not.

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