How to update your Photo ID

For the purposes of security and convenience, every U.S. citizen needs to update their photo ID periodically. Whether this takes the form of your driver’s license, learner’s permit or a non-driver ID, renewing regularly ensures that your photo ID will look like you. While many people aren’t aware of the process to renew a photo ID, it’s actually a relatively easy process.

To renew your photo ID, you’ll need to visit your local DMV whether you are a registered driver or not. However, there are a couple of different ways that this can be achieved. If you are already visiting the DMV to renew your driver’s license or non-driver ID document, you have the option to retake your ID photo free of charge in most cases. (Update the photo on your license, permit or non-driver ID card)

If you want or need to update your photo ID when you aren’t already renewing your identification, you’ll need to fill out a form requesting to have your photo updated, and will also be charged a small fee, which varies by state but is usually from $15 to $20 USD. When you visit the DMV to have your photo re-taken, you’ll need to bring you current license, permit or non-photo ID so that you can prove your identity. If you are re-taking your photo and receiving an entirely new document because you lost your license, permit or non-photo ID, you’ll need to present another form of acceptable identification, such as your U.S. birth certificate or passport. (Renewing a Photo ID)

When to Review Your Photo ID:
In most states, you are required to renew your ID photo after a certain number of years to ensure that your appearance on the ID matches your current appearance. However, there are also a few other conditions where you may want or need to update your ID. If you undergo significant plastic surgery, including gender realignment surgery, you’ll need a new photo ID to match your current appearance. In addition, if your name is legally changed, including if you marry and change your last name, you will usually be required to retake your Id photo when you receive an updated license or ID card with your new name.

If you ever have any further questions about re-taking ID photos, or about state-specific requirements, visit your state DMV website online or call their offices for information. But regardless of what state you live in, you’ll need to visit your local DMV if you want or need a new photo ID, and keep in mind that anytime your appearance significantly changes from the photo on your ID, you’ll want to have a new one taken.



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