New York State Identification Cards

International students often find it convenient to purchase a New York State Identification Card from the Department of Motor Vehicles. These cards show your name, address, date of birth, and photograph. They are generally used for check-cashing purposes or to prove your age. By having a New York State ID, you will not have to carry your passport when needing to prove your age or identity for non-governmental purposes.

You may choose a short-term non-driver ID card valid for 4 to 5 years, or a long-term ID card valid for 8 to 9 years. The exact period of your ID card and your fee depend on whether you select a short-term or long-term ID and the relationship between the date you apply and the expiration date (your month and day of birth). A short-term ID card will cost between $9.00 and $10.00. A long-term ID will cost between $13.00 and $14.00. These fees include a $5.00 photo document fee. Read about Identification cards at this website:

Protect the ID card with a plastic sleeve in your purse or wallet, but do not laminate it. Laminating could destroy special built-in security safeguards and make it invalid. The replacement fee is $15 for a "duplicate" photo license. The photo-ID replacement fee is $8.00 for cards valid up to 8 years, and $6.50 for 10-year discounted cards. (The replacement fee may change.)

While you must have a Binghamton University ID card for on-campus use (and to ride Broome Transit buses), the University card does not show your date of birth. International students often find that having a New York State ID card allows them to safely secure their passports in their room or apartment. (You must carry your passport when traveling or when it is required by a governmental agency.)

International students needing further information on driver’s licenses or applications must go to the following location of the Broome County Department of Motor Vehicles:

Broome County Department of Motor Vehicles
181 Clinton Street
Monday – Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm
Phone Number (607) 778-2337

Last Updated: 8/28/14