A Maryland ID card is useful if you do not have a driver’s license but need to prove your identity, age, or address. There is no age requirement for obtaining an ID card in Maryland, however, you must meet certain other requirements in order to apply for one. If you are applying for a new card, it must be done in person at a full-service Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) office.
New Card Application
You must visit a Maryland MVA office in person and bring with you the following:
- Proof of your identity, date of birth, and lawful presence in the U.S., such as: a U.S. birth certificate, U.S. passport, or foreign passport with a U.S. visa and I-94.
- Two documents that provide proof of MD residency, such as: a utility bill, property tax bill, or MD vehicle registration card.
Social Security number (SSN)
- Proof of your Social Security number (SSN), such as: your Social Security card, a recent W-2 or 1099 form, or proof of ineligibility.
- Payment for the required fee.
All documents must be original or certified copies. If the name on your Social Security card does not match the required documents, you must visit the Social Security Administration (SSA) to update your card before applying for an ID card. Once all requirements are met, your new ID card will be mailed to you.
The fees for new, renewed, or duplicate cards are as follows:
- 0-17 years old: $15.
- 18-64 years old: $24.
- 65+ years old: free.
- Disabled: free.
- Duplicate card: $20.
Acceptable forms of payment include:
- Check (must provide bank routing number, account number, ID card number, and date of birth).
- American Express.
If you are a veteran and did not receive a dishonorable discharge from the U.S. military, you may apply for a “W” veteran status code on your card. This is a free service, but you must still pay the required new/renewal card fees. You must apply in person at a Maryland MVA office and provide proof of your U.S. military status in addition to the required documents listed above.
The card needs to be renewed every 5 years for residents younger than 18 years old, and every 8 years for residents 18 years and older. You will receive a renewal notice by mail prior to the expiration date with instructions on how you can renew either online, by mail, or in person at a local Maryland MVA office. If your card has been expired for more than 1 year, you will need to reapply for a new card.
If your card is damaged, lost, or stolen, you can apply for a duplicate card at a local MVA office. You cannot apply online, by mail, or over the phone. The fee for a duplicate card is $20 and the new card will be mailed to you. You will need to provide the same documents that are required for a new card in order to prove your identity, address, and age.