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How to Obtain ID Cards in Utah

A Utah ID card is a valid form of identification and often sought out by state residents who are unable to obtain a Utah drivers license. Those seeking ID card information may also wonder how to apply for ID card credentials within the state. Current Utah identification card holders may also find themselves wondering how to renew ID card credentials or update their information, including whether or not it can be done online. Learn more about the DMV ID card application, who is eligible to receive one and what applicants should know about renewals and replacements before requesting an identifying document.

Eligibility Requirements for an ID Card Application in Utah

Utah residents are eligible to receive a new ID card as long as they meet a few basic eligibility requirements and are able to present the proper documentation at their local Utah DMV. DMV ID card applicants can be of any age, but any residents under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who will need to sign their applications. In addition to the residency and age requirements that the state of Utah has outlined, applicants will need to provide the following documents:

  • Social Security verification through a Social Security card or a letter from the Social Security Administration
  • Proof of lawful residency or United States Citizenship, such as with a birth certificate, United States passport or a certificate of citizenship
  • Two pieces of mail that contain both the legal name and address of the applicant
  • The appropriate DMV identification card application fees, payable by cash, check, money order or credit card
  • Documentation that supports any present name changes, when applicable, such as a certified state marriage certificate, adoption papers, a divorce decree or court document

In order to receive a Utah DMV identification card, all documentation must be in English or it must be accompanied by a certified translation of the documents. Additionally, all of the required documentation must be that of an original copy, as the DMV will not accept photocopied or faxed copies. In rare cases, documents may not be approved the same day and may require a second visit to the DMV.

How to Apply for an ID Card in Utah

While applicants may not obtain Utah identification cards online, residents can save time by scheduling an appointment with their local DMV. However, walk-ins are accepted at all DMV locations. Additionally, DMV ID card applications can be completed online prior to visiting the Utah DMV.

Once your DMV ID card application has been completed and you have submitted all of your required documentation, you will have your photo taken that will be used for your ID card. It is important to know that ID cards expire every five years, following the issuance of the card and you will have to renew your ID card prior to its expiration.

As of July of 2012, Utah no longer allows residents to possess both a DMV ID card and a state drivers license at the same time. Furthermore, you can surrender your Utah driver’s license for a new ID card without any additional charge if you are no longer able to drive due to medical reasoning or age.

The Utah DMV will provide you with a temporary ID card during your visit, but you can expect to receive your completed card within six to eight weeks by mail.

How to Renew ID Card in Utah

Residents asking, “Can I choose the option renew ID card online in Utah?” should know that the method is available as long as they meet a certain set of requirements. In order to renew an ID card online, the original credentials must have been issued after January 1, 2010 and applicants may not possess a driver license. If residents are eligible for a DMV ID card online renewal, then the office will notify them of their eligibility. The letter includes a PIN that applicants will need in order to renew an ID card online, but they will also need to include their credential’s number, the date the card was issued and their legal last name with an ID card online application.

How to Update or Replace an Existing Utah DMV ID Card

Utah residents most commonly update their DMV ID card information due to a change of address or name change. While it is not required by state law to update this information on credentials, the process is often completed because an identification card is primarily used to show proof of identity in a number of occasions.

If you are updating your ID card address, then simply bring two pieces of mail that display both your name and address to your local DMV. For name changes, make sure that you bring documentation of the name change, such as a court order, marriage certificate, adoption papers or divorce decree, along with the appropriate fees. You can also use the online ID card address change portal available through the Utah Driver License Division website.

Should you need to replace a lost ID card, you will need to visit your local Utah DMV. Requesting to replace ID card credentials requires additional documentation and you will need to complete another identification card application. In addition to the application, you will need to provide the following documentation:

  • Proof of United States citizenship or lawful status
  • Two pieces of mail that provide proof of address
  • Any applicable documentation on applications that contain a name change
  • The appropriate DMV ID card fees
  • A Social Security card

Whether you are updating your ID card or receiving a new one after having lost one, the Utah DMV will issue you a temporary ID that you can use until you receive your official identification card by mail. It is also highly advised if you lost your UT ID card to file a police report to avoid identity theft and fraud.

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