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Thursday, July 28, 2011
Media Contact: Melanie Stokes
Department of Motor Vehicles
(804) 367-6623

DMV, Chesterfield County Police Partner to Offer Child ID Cards
DMV Mobile Office Will Visit National Night Out Event August 2

RICHMOND - In partnership with the Chesterfield County Police Department, the DMV 2 Go mobile customer service center will participate in the National Night Out on Tuesday, August 2, 2011. DMV will offer child ID services to attendees of the Bensley Park community event, one of the largest National Night Out activities in Chesterfield County.

Child IDs serve as identity documents for youth under age 15. In addition, the child's photograph is kept on file with DMV so that in an emergency, the picture can be instantly distributed to law enforcement nationwide. "Parents of children with a Virginia child ID can feel safer knowing that if their child is ever lost, law enforcement can instantly access the child's photo and swiftly cast a wide search network," said DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb.

"We are pleased to partner with DMV on this safe-kids initiative," said Chesterfield Police Capt. Brian C. Smith. "National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug-prevention, as well as remind our neighbors of the many ways of keeping families safe. DMV child IDs are a valuable tool in line with our goals."

For parents' convenience, the DMV 2 Go mobile customer service center will be at Bensley Park event at 2900 Drewry's Bluff Road between 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Or parents can visit any DMV office to obtain ID cards for their children under age 15.

To apply for a child ID card, a parent or guardian provides one document as the child's proof of identity and legal presence in the United States. Such documents include a U.S. birth certificate or U.S. Passport. In addition, the parent will show his/her own proof of identity, such as a driver's license or photo ID card, and a Virginia residency document, such as a utility bill or bank statement. Finally, the parent completes an application called DMV's Identification Card Application for Minors (DL5), available at the DMV 2 Go mobile office and the DMV website at The application will require the parent or guardian to certify that the child's name and address presented on the application is accurate.

The cost of a child ID is $10. The child ID card (pictured above) contains:

  • Customer number
  • Date of birth, height and gender
  • Expiration date and issue date
  • Full legal name and address
  • Full-face photograph
  • Organ donor information

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