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What are acceptable forms of identification and proof of residency to apply for a library card?

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A photo ID and proof of residency are required to open a library account: 

Identification supplied by an accompanying adult is sufficient for a child under 18. For 13 to 18 year olds, photo identification is required if a parent is not present.

Identification that satisfies both requirements

  • Maryland Driver’s License
  • Maryland Identification card

Examples of Photo ID

  • Valid US passport
  • Valid US military identification card or discharge record (DD-214)
  • Out-of-State driver’s license, with translation into English, if required
  • Valid Out-of-Country passport
  • School ID
  • Employee or contractor photo ID card issued by a local, state or US government agency

Examples of Proof of Residency

  • Selective service card
  • Vehicle registration card or title
  • Voter registration card
  • Utility or telephone bill
  • Checking or savings account statement
  • Property tax bill or receipt
  • Mortgage account or proof of home ownership
  • Residential rental contract (apartment lease or other rental of real property)
  • Check with printed name and address
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Other Answers / Comments (6)

  1. Can I use my College Enrollment letter as proof of residency? I have my name and my address on it.
    by Tien on Mar 20, 2014.
  2. Yes, bring the college enrollment letter you received in the mail and another ID with your photo.
    by Ask a Librarian on Mar 20, 2014.
  3. Hi. I recently moved here in Bethesda
    I'm from washington dc before and has a state id from dc. I have a utility bill with my current address. Can I still get a library card if I dont have an id with my current address?
    by Angie on Jun 17, 2014.
  4. can i use my tax formes?
    by kennedy on Sep 06, 2016.
  5. Yes, if the form was mailed to you.
    by Ask a Librarian on Sep 06, 2016.
  6. My 6 year old would like a library card. How do I show proof of address and an id for her?
    by Angela on Dec 29, 2016.

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