In order to increase customer service and decrease in-person wait times, effective April 1, 2014, customers who are eligible to renew their Maryland non-driver Identification (ID) Card by web or MVA Kiosk MUST use one of these methods to process their transaction. In-person renewals for these customers will no longer be processed at MVA branch office locations. You can renew your ID Card at Online ID Card Renewal.
Effective January 1, 2014, the MVA will implement a new process for immigrants, presenting foreign documentation without valid accompanying United States Citizenship and Immigration Services documentation, to obtain a driver’s license (DL) or identification card (ID).
Please refer to Sources of Proof for required identity and residency documentation and instructions.
Also effective January 1, 2014, all Identification cards, new Type 1 GLS Learner’s permits, and any non compliant products will be mailed to the residence address on file.
Effective October 1, 2012, the Maryland MVA will begin the conversion of Non-commercial driver’s licenses and identification cards (ID cards) to an 8-year period of validity. ID cards for individuals 18 years of age and older will be valid for a period of 8 years and ID cards for those under the age of 18 will be valid for 5 years.
Note: Individuals with a limited term ID or driver's license will continue to be issued a product with a validity period equal to their duration of lawful status in the United States and will NOT be able to renew using the mail, MVA Kiosk or the web.
New Identification Card
Please refer to Sources of Proof for required identity and residency documentation.
- If you are using a name other than your birth name, you must bring the documents that initiated the change of name, such as a marriage certificate(s), divorce decree(s) or court name change order.
- The Identification Card will be mailed to your Maryland address on record.
- Please pay close attention to the expiration date of your Maryland Identification Card. The MVA is not obligated to remind you when it is time to reapply for an Identification Card.
- For information on how to apply for a social security number, please visit (www.socialsecurity.gov/ssnumber/).
- If you have a different name on your social security card than your source documents, you must change your name with the Social Security Administration (SSA) prior to coming to the MVA. The new name(s) must match the name(s) that the SSA has on record. The license, learner's permit or ID card will not be issued if the new desired name change does not match the SSA records and is not automatically verified by the SSA files. It may take a minimum of 48 hours or longer for the SSA to update their records with your name change. Customers may obtain a Change of Address for (VR-154) at any MVA office, online or the form may be mailed to you. To have the form mailed, please call the MVA Customer Service Center at 1-410-768-7000 or 1-800-492-4575 TTY for the Hearing Impaired..
- If the name is different from the name on your birth certificate, then you are required to provide the MVA with an original or certified copy (from the issuing agency) of the document or documents that changed your name i.e. marriage certificate, divorce decree, court ordered name change, etc. However, a cross-reference record must be created with the name on your birth certificate.
Duplicate Identification Card:
Proof of age/identity, lawful status, verifiable social security number or proof of ineligibility, and Maryland residence. Please refer to Sources of Proof for required identity and residency documentation. There is a required fee.
- If address has not changed, proof of residence is not required.
- If your identification card has been stolen, please contact the MVA's Customer Ombudsman's office at 410-787-7856 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Corrected Identification Card:
Proof of age/identity, lawful status, verifiable social security number or proof of ineligibility, and Maryland residence. Please refer to Sources of Proof for required identity and residency documentation. There is a fee.
- If you are using a name other than your birth name, you must bring the document(s) that initiated the change of name, such as a marriage certificate, divorce decree or court name change order.
Notes: If the name is different from the name on your birth certificate, then you are required to provide the MVA with an original or certified copy (from the issuing agency) of the name changing document(s) such as: marriage certificate, divorce decree, court ordered name change.
Reissuance/Renewal of Identification Card:
- Your expiring ID Card.
- There is a required fee.
- If you are presenting a Maryland Driver's License or ID Card that has been expired for one (1) year or more, you will be processed as a new customer and must provide the MVA with additional documents. Please refer to Sources of Proof for required identity and residency documentation.
A renewal notice will be sent to you prior to your expiration date informing you whether you are eligible for this new service.
Eligibility criteria for an ID card renewal online includes:
- A valid non-expired ID card
- Must be 18 years of age or older
- A verifiable Social Security Number (SSN) or a current ID card with a "U" restriction.
- An acceptable digital photo image on file with the MVA.
- Must have a retrievable signature on file with the MVA
- A verified MD residential address on record (Must use the same address on file with the MVA)
- Received your last ID card in person
- Expiration Date: A Photo Identification Card (ID Card) issued to an applicant under 18 years of age may be valid for a maximum of five (5) years (depending upon the duration of the applicant's lawful status). A Photo Identification Card (ID card) issued to an applicant 18-years of age or older may be valid for a maximum of 8 years (depending upon the duration of the applicant's lawful status.)
- Surrender of ID Card: The photo identification card (ID card) must be surrendered by the holder, upon being issued a Maryland driver's license.
Effective January 1, 2013: You may be able to add a certain code to your license indicating you are a United States Veteran, click here for more information.