How to apply for the driver license or learner’s permit or photo ID ?

A driver’s license is perhaps the most commonly and widely accepted state-issued government identification document (I.D). It is used for domestic travel, applying for the right to vote or a library card, for bank transactions, and in most places, generally, where identification needs to be substantiated.

What’s a photo ID ?

Photo ID is nothing but a US Governmen-issued photo identification card. It looks similar to the US driving license. Any US government-issued document which shows person’s name, age, picture, and current residence address of the USA is called a photo ID in a nutshell. It includes the Driving License, Learner’s Permit, and Photo Identification card. The photo identification card is usually issued to those folks who can not drive ( such as children) and to those who choose not to drive. If one has a driving license it means he/she also has a photo ID.

Why a photo ID Needed?

So whether one has a photo ID, learner’s permit or a driving license, any one of them could act as US Government-issued photo identification. The real use of photo ID comes in-to picture when one is traveling by air within the USA or going to bar/pubs/casino where age restrictions apply, one needs to show a photo ID ( something which shows one’s photo , name , date of birth and US address). The passport carries above-mentioned information other than US address; however, carrying a passport around while keeping it safe, secure, and intact is a hassle. Also, one can easily obtain another copy of the driving license/photo ID , however obtaining the replacement passport is an uphill task. Also passport is very bulky compared to any other photo ID.
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US Driving License

US Driving License


If someone would like to wait for few months before applying for learner’s permit or driving license, then it is strongly recommended that s/he should obtain US Government-issued photo identification.

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