“At any given point in time more than half of young people experiencing homelessness do not have valid identification, making it impossible for them to secure housing, education or employment.”

Riannon Bardsleyformer Director of Northwest Youth Services

No one can lift themselves up without ID

“A simple lack of ID has become the hidden barrier preventing countless Americans, young and old, from having any chance at achieving their dreams.  Americans who lack the evidence required to obtain or replace their ID face life of poverty, exploitation and frequent incarceration.  Nothing changes a life for the better, at less cost, than restoring a persons IDentity.”  – Rud Browne, Founder IDtoWork

The minimum typically required to get an ID is:

  • Birth certificate
  • Social Security card
  • Official proof of Address
  • Plus other evidence that you’re actually the person entitled to use these documents

You need a Government issued ID in order to

  • Go to School
  • Work
  • Open a bank account
  • Access health insurance, Medicare or Medicaid
  • Rent an apartment
  • Use the Amtrak, Greyhound or an airplane
  • Get a debit or credit card
  • Cash a check
  • Qualify for social services
  • Register a birth or adopt a child
  • Join the Military, Peace Corps or National Guard
  • Give Blood
  • Purchase a hunting or fishing license
  • Stay at many shelters
  • Get married
  • Claim your parents remains
  • and many more…