Obtain An Identification Card In Minnesota

Do you need to apply for a state ID in Minnesota? The ID card application doesn't have to be complicated. We've collected helpful information to assist you with everything you need to know about getting an ID card and renewing an ID card. You will also learn how to replace your ID card in Minnesota or purchase a duplicate Minnesota ID card. Select from the options below to get started:

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1: Get Started with Online Application Assistance

Application assistance services can simplify the process for many DVS related services for a fee, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips, trends, legislative updates and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.

2: By mail

Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the DVS in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local DVS.

3: Via a DVS office

If your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at your local DVS office. Varying DVS offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the DVS closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your DVS allows you to make a personal appointment.

Regardless of why you do not own a driver's license, you will still need to apply for an ID card for various reasons, ranging from leisure activities to travel. Getting an ID card in Minnesota is simple, and you should begin the ID card application process as soon as you are ready.

Obtaining a new ID card

To apply for an ID, first, you should plan a visit to your DPS office


The cost of a Minnesota ID card depends on your age. If you are under 65 years old, the cost is $17.25. If you are over 65, then the cost is $11. If you are physically disabled, developmentally disabled or have a qualified mental illness, the cost of a state ID card is $.50.


To get a state ID card in Minnesota, you must provide as many of the following documents as you can:

  • Social Security card or proof of SSN like a W-2 or 1099
  • Valid U.S. Passport
  • Military ID
  • Marriage certificate
  • Government employee ID
  • Birth certificate
  • Certificate of Naturalization
  • Paystub with your name and Social Security Number

You may also need additional forms of identification if one of the above documents does not contain a photo. For a list of these documents, click here.

What is a Minnesota state ID?

A state ID is an acceptable replacement for a drivers license typically used by minors, the elderly or by anyone who does not want a drivers license, but still needs identification in Minnesota. For more information on how to get an identification card in Minnesota, click here.

ID card renewal

Your ID will expire on your birthday every four years. If you are 65 or older, you will have a valid ID with no expiration date.

The cost of renewing your state ID is $17.25 if you are under 65 years old, and $11 if you are over 65. Those with mental or physical disabilities need only pay $.50 for a state ID card.

Replacement ID cards

If you have lost your ID card, or it has been stolen or severely damaged, you should look into replacing it immediately. A stolen ID card may even lead to identity theft, so it is crucial you replace your identification card as soon as possible. A replacement ID card in Minnesota costs $12 75. Instructions for getting a duplicate ID cards are similar, but be sure to bring everything you will need for your new ID card copy before you head to the DPS by clicking here.

For more information, call: 651-297-3298, or go to: https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/dvs/Pages/default.aspx

For a list of related services, see below:

Obtain a new driver's license here.
Renew a driver's license here.
Replace a driver's license here.