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Eligibility for FREE Non-Driver Identification Card

In the District of Columbia, several groups of individuals are eligible to receive a non-driver identification card free of charge. The categories and requirements are outlined below.

Seniors 65 Years and Older

DC residents who are 65 years and older receive their non-driver identification card free of charge (both original and renewals). You still must submit the required documentation to DMV for proof of identity, social security number and residency.

Recent Returning Citizens

DC residents who were released from prison within the last six (6) months are eligible to receive a non-driver identification card free of charge. You still must submit the required documentation to DMV for proof of identity, social security number and residency. You may also submit an authorized letter from the DC Department of Corrections (DC DOC), Court Services & Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA) or DC Parole and Probation Agency in place of the proof documents. To verify eligibility for the free ID card, you must also provide valid release papers indicating you were released from prison within the last six (6) months.

Homeless Residents

Residents who are homeless, as certified by an approved social service provider, are eligible to receive a non-driver identification card free of charge. You still must submit the required documentation to DMV for proof of identity and social security number. You must also submit a completed Proof of Residency and No Fee Identification Card form as provided by certified social service agencies approved by the DC Department of Human Services.

For purposes of this free ID, “homeless” is defined as an individual lacking a fixed, regular residence or someone who has a primary nighttime residence that is in a shelter, transitional housing, or outside. “Resident” refers to an individual or family who lives in the District voluntarily and not for a temporary purpose. Applicants who intend to stay long-term in the District are considered residents.

NOTE:  If you are obtaining a Limited Purpose Credential, refer to the list of required and acceptable documents for the proofs of identity, SSN and residency.

 

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