Obtain An Identification Card In Pennsylvania

Do you need to apply for a state ID in Pennsylvania? 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 Pennsylvania or purchase a duplicate Pennsylvania ID card. Select from the options below to get started:

1: Get Started with Online Application Assistance

Online application assistance services in Pennsylvania can facilitate the processes involved in many DOT related services by providing invaluable information and step-by-step instruction on how best to proceed. Whether you are looking to renew, replace or get a new PA driver’s license or ID card, online application assistance services can help with these and many more. Other benefits include one-click access to an entire inventory of official Pennsylvania forms and publications, as well as other useful PA resources.

2: By mail

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

3: Via a DVS office

If your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at your local DVS office. Varying DVS offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the DVS closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your DVS 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 Pennsylvania is simple, and you should begin the ID card application process as soon as you are ready.

Obtaining a new ID card

To apply for an ID, first, you should plan a visit to your local DVS.

You will need to provide one primary document and two secondary documents. The fee to obtain an ID in Pennsylvania is $13.50 for both children and adults. (Note: You must be at least 10 years old to obtain a Pennsylvania ID card)

Provide:

  • Birth certificate
  • Certificate of Naturalization
  • Certificate of Citizenship
  • Social Security card
  • Mortgage documents
  • Tax records
  • Current utility bills

About Fees: Pennsylvania DVSs accept checks or money orders. Cash is not accepted.

What is an Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania. For more information on how to get an identification card in Pennsylvania, click here.

ID card renewal

A Pennsylvania state ID card must be renewed every four years on the day after your birthday. The fee to renew is $13.50. You can renew online, by mail or at the nearest DVS branch.

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 even lead to identity theft, so it is crucial you replace your identification card as soon as possible. Replacing a lost identification card in Pennsylvania costs $13.50. The instructions for 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 DVS by clicking here.

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.