DC DMV offers identification cards to District residents who need an official form of identification, but do not want or need a driver license. We offer both a REAL ID non-driver identification card, which serves as a valid federal-level ID, and a Limited Purpose non-driver identification card, which is available to District residents who do not have a Social Security number. Answers to frequently asked questions on REAL ID and Limited Purpose credentials are available at the links below:
If you get a REAL ID driver license, you will be able to designate certain options regarding voting, organ donation, Selective Service eligibility, veteran status and special designation indicators such as Autism, Visually Impaired, Hearing Impaired, and Intellectual Disability. If you get a Limited Purpose driver license, you will be able to make a designation on your license regarding organ donation as well as the special designation indicators. More information on these designations is available at the link below:
If you currently have a DC DMV non-driver identification that is up for renewal, you will renew it as either a REAL ID or a Limited Purpose identification card. You do not have to update your current card to either REAL ID or Limited Purpose until it is ready to expire. You’ll find more information below.
Certain District residents are eligible for free non-driver identification cards, including senior citizens, recently returning citizens, and homeless residents. More information on this is available at the link below:
Use DC DMV's online Document Verification Guide to learn what documents you need to successfully complete your transaction by selecting the link below:
More information on REAL ID identification cards, Limited Purpose identification cards, and card renewal and replacement is available at the links below:
Obtain a REAL ID Non-Driver Identification Card
Obtain a Limited Purpose Non-Driver Identification Card