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How to Get a Temporary ID in One Day

You can often get a temporary ID card in one day.
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If you need an identification card in a hurry, perhaps for travel or to purchase an item for which you need to show ID, consider a temporary solution. A temporary ID is typically given when a permanent card for which you apply won't be mailed to you for a few weeks. The application center will often supply you with a temporary ID that day for use until the permanent ID is ready.

Make an appointment with your local DMV to get an ID card. This will cut down on wait times.

Bring several forms of identification to the DMV. Many states require a government-issued form of ID, such as a passport, driver's license, college ID or birth certificate. Some state DMVs also require a Social Security card. Check with your DMV to ensure you have the necessary forms.

Bring proof of residence with you; you'll need to prove you're living in the state where you're applying for an ID card. This can be a lease contract, a bank statement or a utility bill.

Fill out an application at the DMV, and give it to a processor along with the application fee. Also hand over your forms of ID and proof of residency for processing. You'll receive back the forms of ID you've provided.

Ask for a temporary ID at the DMV once you've finished the application process. The processor will give you a temporary ID on site, which should be destroyed and not used again once you receive the permanent ID in the mail.

Things You'll Need:

  • Forms of ID
  • Proof of residence
  • Application
  • Fee
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