A new law passed last session directs the Division of Motor Vehicles to begin implementing a process that allows homebound people to get state-issued photo ID cards — all without the inconvenience of having to make a trip to the DMV. Instead, a DMV field inspector from its License and Theft Bureau will visit the person’s home and help them complete an application.
For a homebound person to obtain an identification card, they must first meet some minimum criteria: 1) be medically rendered as homebound; 2) have supporting medical documentation, such as a doctor’s letter; 3) present proof of age and identity; and 4) have a DMV image on file.
The License and Theft Bureau, whose initial purpose was to combat vehicle theft, employs approximately 150 field inspectors who primarily investigate vehicle theft, identity theft, title fraud, driver license fraud, and vehicle odometer fraud. The License and Theft Bureau is the oldest state law enforcement agency in North Carolina.
And since the License and Theft Bureau already utilizes mobile vans with existing personnel, the new program doesn’t require new money to be spent from the state budget.
The individual cost for the new photo ID card is $10, and a customer who is legally blind or 70 years of age or older can obtain the identification card at no cost. Once the information is collected by the field inspector, the application will be processed by DMV headquarters and the card will be issued will be mailed to the address provided by the customer on the service affidavit during the Inspector’s home visit.
State-issued ID for homebound persons can be useful, for example, for absentee voting or for processing health insurance claims at a hospital. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, please contact your local DMV office.