Obtaining a state ID is crucial to voting, especially if you live in a state with strict voter laws.
Some states require that you provide a state ID on election day which is why you need to start taking steps to obtain your ID today.
In this guide, we will provide you with all the information you need to start the process of obtaining your state ID.
Step 1. Visit DMV.org
DMV.org is a life saver. They offer step by step instructions on obtaining legal documents like voter registration cards, social security card, and even state IDs.
Step one is to visit DMV.org.
Step 2. Find the Blue Map
After clicking the link you’ll want to scroll down the page and look for the blue map of the United States.
At this point, you can use the map or the “Select Your State” drop down to locate the state you live in. Once you find your state click it and meet us in Step 3.
Step 3. Read Up On The Details Of Your State
After clicking your state, you will be taken to a page that displays all the details of obtaining a state ID.
These details include things like:
- The cost of a state ID (between $9 – $18 depending on the state)
- A printable application for a state ID
- Clarification on whether you can apply for a state ID via mail, online or in person.
- Links to listings of DMV offices in your state
- Documents needed to obtain a new ID or renew an old one
Essentially everything that you need to know about obtaining an ID in your state can be found on this page.
The only thing that you won’t find on the “ID Card in your state” page are the addresses of DMVs.
To find a listing of DMV’s near you search for a link called “State DMVs” on this same page.
Step 4. Find Your Local DMV
Many states require you to visit your local DMV to obtain a state ID. If this is the case we found it easier to just back out of DMV.org and simply google “DMV in Colorado (or whatever your state is)”.
Once you have located the nearest DMV you can take your completed state ID application or complete one at the DMV. You’ll have plenty of time trust us.
There will be no mercy for you if you fail to obtain your ID prior to election day; especially if you live in a state with strict voter ID laws. For this reason, it’s important that you start working toward obtaining your state ID as soon as possible.
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