Just because you do not drive a vehicle does not mean that you do not have to carry identification when you are in public. In fact, no matter where you are in the United States, it is against the law to not have identification in your possession anytime you leave your residence. If you are caught, you could face fines and other penalties if the occurrence continues.
However, avoiding penalties is not the only reason that you should obtain an ID card right away. Having an ID card also comes with benefits. This form of photo identification can prove useful when you are trying to vote, trying to open a bank account, or proving your age to get into a bar or a club.
If you are a resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia and do not have an ID card, you need to stop procrastinating and start the process today. While it is essential to obtain an ID card, it is not a difficult process. In other words, there is no reason for you to continue putting yourself in jeopardy by not abiding by the law. Simply follow the instructions outlined below so that you do not have to stress about possibly being caught without any identification in the future.
First, there are only three simple requirements that you must meet in order to obtain identification: you must be a resident of Virginia, you must be legally allowed to be in the country, and you must not currently have a driver’s license or a learner’s permit. Age does not play a factor at all in your eligibility to obtain identification. It does not matter if you have been alive for one month, 100 years, or anywhere in between.
Understand that you can only apply for an ID card in person at your local Department of Motor Vehicles office. Do not waste your time or energy by trying to apply for identification online, by phone, or by mail.
When you go to the DMV office, make sure that you bring all of the required documentation. First, you will need to show some proof of your identity. Acceptable documents include a birth certificate, a United States passport, or a permanent resident card. Also, you need to prove your legal residency in the country by showing either your birth certificate or a naturalization certificate. In addition, you need to show at least one document that proves you are a current resident of Virginia. Acceptable documents for this requirement include a utility bill, a signed lease, a mortgage document, or a bank statement.
You will also be required to complete an application for an identification card. This is Form DL 1P. You can print this form out before you go by searching for it on the website of the Virginia DMV. You can also pick up the application in person at the DMV office. After your application is processed by a staff member at the DMV office, you will have your picture taken. Finally, all that is left for you to do is to pay the $10 fee that is required for your identification card. You can use a credit card, a debit card, a check, a money order, or cash.
In order to prevent fraud, the Virginia DMV does not give you a permanent identification card at the time of your visit. Instead, you will receive a receipt that confirms you have applied for an identification card. You can show this to the police if need be. Your permanent identification card will be mailed to you within 15 days after your visit.