In most countries, the government issues driver's licenses, residency cards and passports that usually require a photo. Some other examples that countries or states may issue are "trusted traveler" cards, military identification and personal identity verification (PIV cards).Know More
In the United States, driver's licenses and state identification cards are issued by individual states rather than the federal government. There is no mandatory national photo identification card for residency, but passports and passport cards require a photo. Other types of photo ID related to residency are permanent resident cards, border crossing cards and Native American tribal photo IDs.
Members of the U.S. military are issued a mandatory photo identification card and retirees (and their dependents) may continue to receive these cards. Military veterans who are eligible for care at Veterans Affairs hospitals also receive a medical photo identification card. Some civilians who work for the Department of Defense are also issued identification cards that can be used elsewhere as valid photo ID.
Trusted traveler cards are issued through a variety of programs approved by the Department of Homeland Security and are used to speed passage through security checkpoints at airports. These programs vary depending upon the traveler's point of origin or country of residency. Some examples are Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI and FAST.Learn more about DMV & Records
The difference between A, B and C commercial driver's licenses are the weights the driver can control. Class A licenses allow operation of vehicles of more than 26,000 pounds and towing of over 10,000 pounds, Class B drivers can drive vehicles of more than 26,000 pounds and tow under 10,000 pounds.Full Answer >
Drivers can renew their licenses in person at a local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office, but not all states provide for renewal online or by mail, as of 2015. Each state has its own DMV website and procedures for driver's license renewal.Full Answer >
Individuals can obtain their driver's license number from the driver's license itself, the vehicle registration for the vehicle they are driving, canceled checks or expired driver's licenses from years past. It is necessary in some areas to know the driver's license number before applying for a replacement license.Full Answer >
Fake driver's licenses are characterized by raised edges, bumpy surfaces and glue lines by the birth date or photograph. Fake licenses may also have unreasonable photographs and personal information such as height and weight. They may also have an incorrect state seal or have it in the wrong place.Full Answer >