Obtain An Identification Card In New Jersey

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

1: Get Started with Online Application Assistance

Application assistance services can simplify the process for many DMV related services for a fee, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips, trends, legislative updates and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.

2: By mail

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

3: Via a DMV office

If your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at your local DMV office. Varying DMV offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the DMV closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your DMV 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 New Jersey is simple, and you should begin the ID card application process as soon as you are ready.

Obtaining a new ID card

In the state of New Jersey, you can apply for a non-driver ID card if you are a resident, and are at least 14 years of age or older.

To apply for an ID, first, you should plan a visit to your local driver's license office.

You will need to bring your Social Security card and $24 (cash, money order, checks or credit card) and pass New Jersey's Six Point System. This system assigns numerical values to documents that prove your identity. There are four-point, three-point, two-point and one-point documents. New Jersey also classifies documents as either primary or secondary. You must provide both a primary and secondary document. The combination of points from the documents you provide must equal or be greater than six.

For example, New Jersey assigns four points to a primary document like a valid U.S. passport and three points to a secondary document like a marriage certificate. If you were to present these two valid documents, you would fulfill the requirement of providing a primary and secondary document, as well as surpassing the point requirement of six by totaling seven points.

Primary Documents

  • Four Points
    • Birth certificate
    • U.S. passport
    • Certificate of Citizenship
  • Three Points
    • Employment authorization card (must be accompanied by original, valid Social Security card)
  • Two Points
    • Alien registration card
    • Temporary resident card

Secondary Documents

  • Three Points
    • Marriage certificate (must be original)
    • Valid New Jersey firearm purchaser card
  • Two Points
    • U.S. college photo ID with transcripts
    • Valid employee photo ID
  • One Point (Note: A maximum of two of these documents may be used.)
    • Current drivers license from another state
    • Social Security card
    • Bank statement

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

ID card renewal

Just like a driver's license, a New Jersey ID card will, too, expire. ID card renewal is crucial, especially if you are planning to travel in the near future. By renewing your identification card, you will be able to avoid future predicaments. In New Jersey, renewing identification cards should happen every four years. Click here for more information on what you will need to expedite the ID card renewal process.

Replacement ID cards

If you have lost your ID card, you should look into replacing your ID card immediately. A stolen ID card may even lead to identity theft, so it is crucial you looking into replacing your identification card as soon as possible. A lost identification card in New Jersey costs $11. The instructions for 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 MVC by clicking here.

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.