Obtain An Identification Card In Maryland

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

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1: Get Started with Online Application Assistance

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2: By mail

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

3: Via a MVA office

If your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at your local MVA office. Varying MVA offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the MVA closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your MVA 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 Maryland 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 driver's license office.


In Maryland, an identification card costs $15 if you are under the age of 18, or $24 if you are over 18. If you are 65 or older, there is no fee for a Maryland state ID card. Cash, check (made payable to: Motor Vehicle Administration), or credit card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express are acceptable forms of payment.


When you visit a local MVA office, you will need to bring as many of the following documents with you as are available:

  • Social Security card
  • Proof of residence
  • U.S. passport
  • Birth certificate
  • Military ID
  • Proof of age

You may also need additional forms of identification if one of the above documents does not contain a photo. For a list of these documents, click here.

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

ID card renewal

If you are 18 or older, your ID will expire every eight years, if you are under 18 years old, your ID will expire every five years. You can renew your ID online, or at an MVA self-service kiosk located in all MVA offices. You will receive a renewal notice in the mail prior to your ID expiring, letting you know whether you are eligible for the online service.

Note: If you have changed your name, you will need to go into a local MVA office with the appropriate documentation. Please see 'New ID' for requirements.

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. A replacement ID card in Maryland costs $20 (there is no fee if you are over the age of 65). Instructions for getting a 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 MVA by clicking here.

For more information, call: 410-768-7000 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, or go to: http://www.mva.maryland.gov/General-Information/contact.htm

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.