How to Get a Picture ID Without a Social Security Number

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If you don't have a Social Security number because your immigration status doesn't permit you to apply for one, the prospect of getting a photo ID can seem daunting. In fact, you can get a photo identification card without a Social Security number more easily than you might imagine.

1 Prepare your documents

Prepare your documents. You'll need to have a form showing you're ineligible for a Social Security number. Accepted documents include an I-94, CBP I-94 or CBP I-94A without the stamp noting “Employment Authorized;" an official statement from a federal court or agency confirming ineligibility; or an official statement from the Social Security Administration confirming ineligibility. If you have a federal tax-identification number, you can use that to confirm your ineligibility. You'll also need paperwork to confirm your legal name, your residency or citizenship status and your current address.

2 Visit your local Department of Motor Vehicles office of Motor Vehicles

Visit your local Department of Motor Vehicles office in person. You can't get a picture ID online or over the phone.

3 Fill out the form

Fill out the form for an identification card. It's usually about one-page long and asks for basic information, including your name, address and contact information.

4 Pay the application fee

Pay the application fee. Your card should be available within a few minutes.

Holly Roberts is an award-winning health and fitness writer whose work has appeared in health, lifestyle and fitness magazines. Roberts has also worked as an editor for health association publications and medical journals. She has been a professional writer for more than 10 years and holds a B.A. in English and an M.A. in literature.