The difference between a State ID and Driver License, and how to decide which will be most useful to youHow to apply for a State ID if you: have never been issued a California ID; have an expired California ID; or are currently incarcerated How to apply for a duplicate card if you know you have a non-expired California ID but misplaced the original card How to get the DMV to reduce your application fee for a California ID, if you are eligible How to get a valid ID or Driver License if you are undocumented How to get a new California Driver License What to do if you have an expired California Driver License What to do if you have a Driver License from another state What you can do if your California Driver License has been suspended or revokedWhat happens when you have an outstanding traffic ticket in another state

A state ID card and a Driver License are the most commonly used forms of identification for most people in their daily lives. In California, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) issues both of these documents. The major difference between these two forms of ID is that a California state ID card can be used only for identification purposes, but does not permit you to drive a car. A California driver license can be used for identification AND permits you to drive a car.[61]

Once you have an authorized copy of your birth certificate (PG. 31) and know your Social Security number (SSN) (PG. 38), you have what you need to apply for a California state ID card or a California driver license.

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    Driver License and Identification Card Information, Cal. DMV,