How to Obtain a Reduced Fee California ID Card

By Don Davis
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The California Department of Motor Vehicles issues ID cards to California residents of any age. The ID card resembles a driver’s license but can only be used as identification. An ID issued to anyone under the age of 62 remains valid for six years. For residents 62 or older, the ID remains valid for ten years. The fee for a California ID is $28, as of 2014. There is no fee for persons ages 62 or older. Residents who meet certain conditions may pay a reduced fee of $8, as of 2014.

Qualify for one of the following assistance programs: CalWorks, Aid for Families With Dependent Children, Food Stamps, California Food Assistance, Supplemental Security Income, Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants or General Assistance.

Request and obtain a completed form DL 937 from an “eligibility worker” of the program providing you assistance. Typically, these forms are not circulated to the public and must be completed by program personnel rather than the applicant.

Visit your nearest or most convenient Department of Motor Vehicles office.

Complete application form DL 44 and include your current address and Social Security number. Give a thumb print and have your photo taken.

Pay fee. Your ID card is mailed to you within 60 days.

About the Author

Don Davis has been a professional writer since 1977. He has had numerous writing jobs, including writing news and features for the "Metrowest Daily News" and "Los Angeles Herald-Examiner." Davis has a Bachelor of Arts in English and history from Indiana State University.