What’s a state identification card?
A state ID is an important document to have with you that helps other identify who you are. If you are 14 years of age or older in NJ you can apply for a non-driver photo identification card. You’ll need your state ID to apply for a job, open a bank account and many other things. To apply for an ID you will need to follow the NJ Motor Vehicle Commission 6-point system (below). To obtain an ID you can visit your local NJ MVC or visit their website for more information.
For more information please visit NJ Motor Vehicle Commission
Getting your driver’s License/ Permit
If you’re between the ages of 16-20, congratulations! You have reached a milestone and are eligible to apply for your driver’s license. Getting your driver’s license and/or permit can be an exciting time in your life. To learn about the steps needed to get your license, you can visit the NJ Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) under the First Driver License Section of the website to learn more.
In New Jersey in order to get a state-issued ID or a driver license you must show proof of identity using the 6-point documentation system. Below is a chart of the different documents you can use to that can make up the 6 points needed to prove your identity.
Once you have a state-issued ID or driver license you may ask yourself what next? The NJYRS website offers information about many questions you may have:
What’s a birth certificate?
A certified birth certificate is an official government-issued record of a person’s birth, printed on security paper and includes an official raised, embossed, impressed or multicolored seal. A birth certificate is one of the most important legal documents you can have to establish your identity. You’ll need it to get a Social Security card or U.S. passport, apply for a driver’s license, prove U.S. citizenship, and apply for a job, just to name a few examples.
You should keep your birth certificate in a safe and secure place. If you don’t have a copy of your birth certificate, you can ask your CP&P worker for a copy.
If you have aged out of foster care and need a birth certificate you can visit NJ Department of Health’s website to order a new birth certificate.
For more information visit NJ Department of Health
What is a social security card?
A Social Security number is a nine-digit number issued to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and temporary residents. Your nine-digit Social Security number is your first and continuous connection with Social Security. It helps identify and accurately record your covered wages or self-employment earnings. A Social Security number is important because you need it to get a job, collect Social Security benefits and get some other government services. You should keep your Social Security card in a safe place with your other important papers and avoid giving it out unnecessarily. Keep in mind that in many cases, even if you lost your card, you may not need a replacement. In most cases, simply knowing your Social Security number is enough. However, if you need a replacement card it’s important to know that you are limited to request a new social security card only 10 times.
To learn more about Social Security benefits and how to get a replacement card you can visit their website: Social Security Number and Card | SSA
Youth in foster care are eligible for some disability and Social Security benefits. Be learn more check out the Disability and Social Security Benefits (nj.gov) NJYRS page.
What is a passport?
A passport is an official document issued by a government that certifies the holder's identification and citizenship in the United States. It allows you to travel to and from other countries under its protection.
Having this documentation with you while traveling in another country is essential in case something goes wrong, such as if you are hurt and require medical attention. Your passport permits you re-enter the United States upon return from another country. For more information on how to apply for a passport you can visit the hyperlink.