Government issued ID definition

A government issued ID is any document issued by a government or state government that allows the person it refers to identify themselves and is considered a valid form of identification by the authorities.

Government issued IDs includes personal identifiable information that allows a person to prove they are who they claim to be, like:

  • A photograph
  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Fingerprints or other biometric information

Government issued IDs in the U.S. include passports, military ID cards, state-issued photo IDs, driver's licenses, social security cards, citizenship cards, etc.