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How to Obtain ID Cards in Nebraska

A Nebraska ID card shows a color picture of the card holder. ID cards are issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). A DMV ID card does not allow card holders to operate a motor vehicle, but they can use it to prove their identity. A Nebraska identification card is useful for residents who need ID but do not want or cannot apply for a driver’s license. Minors who are too young to hold a license or learners permit, as well as adults who can no longer drive, may want a photo ID. Residents can apply for NE identification cards online or in person. Review ID card information to save time when you apply.

Eligibility Requirements for a Nebraska ID Card

In order to apply for ID card credentials, applicants must be a resident of Nebraska. To obtain a new ID card, petitioners must also be either a U.S. citizen or a lawfully present non-citizen. Noncitizens who have lawful status are eligible for an NE ID card if they have proper documentation showing their lawful status. Residents are not eligible to apply for an ID card in Nebraska if they already hold an NE drivers license. Nebraska residents cannot hold both a DMV ID card and a driver’s license at the same time. All applicants must be able to present at least one form of adequate identification and two separate documents that verify their address. For example, a DMV ID card application proof of residence document can be a utility bill, paycheck stub or credit card bill sent to the applicant’s address.

Nebraska ID Card Application Process

You can apply for a Nebraska ID card in person or online. If completing the ID card application in person, then you must have the necessary documents that show your identity and residency. Complete your NE DMV ID card application at any Nebraska DMV office. Be prepared to pay a fee, which varies based on what type of card you have. The fee changes when you replace ID card credentials or renew ID card credentials.

Residents who wish to apply for an NE ID card online can do so on the Nebraska DMV website. To apply for an ID card online, be prepared to pay an application fee and an online processing fee. Online applicants will need their checking account information or a credit card in order to pay for their application. A valid email address is also necessary.

How to Renew a Nebraska ID Card

Most Nebraska ID cards for adults are valid for five years. Card holders must renew ID cards before the expiration date. Certain circumstances may require an ID card to be renewed sooner than five years from its issue date. NE ID card applicants who were younger than 21 years of age when they received their cards will need to obtain a new card when they turn 21 years of age. Minors are issued a vertical ID that lists the dates on which the card holder turns 18 years of age and 21 years of age. The DMV will issue a horizontal ID card after the applicant turns 21 years of age.

You are eligible to renew your ID card online once every 10 years or every other required renewal period. Due to physical features such as weight, hair color and general appearance changing over time, you cannot renew online every time. When it is time for you to renew an ID card in person, the DMV will need to take a replacement photograph.

Those who wish to renew their Nebraska identification cards online may end up facing some restrictions. You cannot choose the option “renew ID card online” if any of the following situations apply:

  • Your name has changed since you obtained your original ID card.
  • Your physical description including weight or appearance has changed significantly.
  • You chose to renew your ID card online last time (you can only update your card online once every 10 years).
  • You have changed the address on your NE ID card more than two times in the past five years.
  • You need to update information such as your name or gender.

Several other restrictions may prevent you from replacing a lost ID card, getting a new one or updating ID card information online. If you are unable to obtain, renew or replace an ID card online for any reason, then you will need to visit a DMV office in person instead.

Replace Damaged or Lost Nebraska ID Cards

Since you need your Nebraska ID card for many different situations, it is important to replace it as soon as possible in the event it is lost or stolen. It is easy to replace ID cards online as long as you meet the eligibility requirements. If you can order a replacement ID card online, then the DMV will mail you a new card within 20 days. A County Treasurer’s Office can issue a temporary NE ID card free of charge, which you can use until your replacement card arrives in the mail.

Damaged ID cards need to be replaced as well. Mutilated DMV ID cards that are no longer readable will not be accepted in most circumstances. If your card is damaged, then follow the same steps that you would to replace a lost credential. You will also need to replace your ID card if you change your address. To change your address online, you will need to upload two documents showing your residency.

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