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Q & A: Getting Identifying Documents

IDIf you’ve accessed services in Marion County chances are you have needed a form of ID to receive the services. What if you’ve lost your ID or have never had one? It’s a significant hurdle that many have faced. We wanted to share some tips and information to get you going in the right direction, including agencies who may help with the fees. As requirements and laws around identification are always changing, always visit the links at the bottom of this post to verify current information.

We will focus on: Birth Certificates, State IDs and Social Security Cards.

State ID:
Fee: $25

Have you had one before? Then just set up an appointment and head on in or renew online. After answering a few questions you’ll get a temporary replacement ID for 90 days. This will allow you to get the required documents in order to get the formal ID and you can use it to access services such as shelter and food pantries in the meantime. Don’t forget to go back to get the formal one before the 90 days are up!

Haven’t had one before? That’s a bit more tricky. Visit http://www.gathergoget.com/ to see the long list of options for documentation needed in order to get a new ID. You’ll need proof of citizenship, proof of social security number and 2 proofs of residency. Once you have all documents then schedule an appointment.

Birth Certificates (You need this or a passport to get a Social Security Card):
Fee: $13

To get a Birth Certificate in person you need proof of ID: driver’s license, State ID issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles, passport or military ID. (If you don’t have these, it’s worth going in and talking to someone to see if there is flexibility)

To get one online, you need to be able to answer some questions about yourself correctly and will need a credit card in your name.

Social Security Card (There’s no flexibility on this one):
Fee: Free

Which documents are required depends on a few factors, so visit the SSA site to see what you need for your situation.

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