The answer to this question will slightly vary…

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The answer to this question will slightly vary depending on your state and county requirements. To answer this question, I will use someone born in Chicago as an example. If you are 18 years old and trying to get your ID for the first time, you will need at least 3 documents to satisfy 4 groups (A, B, C, & D). Here is a list of the most commonly used documents to satisfy each group:

  • ● Group A – Written Signature: social security card
  • ● Group B – Date of Birth: birth certificate
  • ● Group C – Social Security Number: social security card
  • ● Group D – Residency (2 documents required): 2 pieces of official mail that include first and last name of applicant and complete current address

So knowing that information, what do you do if you have nothing? It may be easiest to get your birth certificate. Depending on your county, you may be able to order your birth certificate online through Once you received your birth certificate, you will be able to use your birth certificate and school ID card to get your social security card. Now all you will need is 2 pieces of official mail addressed to you (full name) with your current mailing address.

If you have at least your school ID card and was born in a county that participates with, you should be able to get your State ID.

– Dyanne