How to Get a Temporary ID in One Day

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How to Get a Temporary ID in One Day
You can often get a temporary ID card in one day. (Goodshoot RF/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

If you need an identification card in a hurry, perhaps for travel or to purchase an item for which you need to show ID, consider a temporary solution. A temporary ID is typically given when a permanent card for which you apply won't be mailed to you for a few weeks. The application centre will often supply you with a temporary ID that day for use until the permanent ID is ready.

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Things you need

  • Forms of ID
  • Proof of residence
  • Application
  • Fee

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    Make an appointment with your local DMV to get an ID card. This will cut down on wait times.

  2. 2

    Bring several forms of identification to the DMV. Many states require a government-issued form of ID, such as a passport, driver's license, college ID or birth certificate. Some state DMVs also require a Social Security card. Check with your DMV to ensure you have the necessary forms.

  3. 3

    Bring proof of residence with you; you'll need to prove you're living in the state where you're applying for an ID card. This can be a lease contract, a bank statement or a utility bill.

  4. 4

    Fill out an application at the DMV, and give it to a processor along with the application fee. Also hand over your forms of ID and proof of residency for processing. You'll receive back the forms of ID you've provided.

  5. 5

    Ask for a temporary ID at the DMV once you've finished the application process. The processor will give you a temporary ID on site, which should be destroyed and not used again once you receive the permanent ID in the mail.

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