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Photo identification is generally used to define any form of identity document that includes a photograph of the holder particularly his or her face. The technique of identification is useful for authenticating identity face-to-face to parties who neither pre-recognize somebody nor have access to a file, a directory, a registry or an information service that contains or that can render a photograph of somebody on account of that person's name and other personal information.
The United States does not have such a single type of card. Types of photo ID cards used in the US include:
- Driver's licenses, or state ID cards for non-drivers issued by the states' DMVs.
- Company issued ID cards
- Native Tribal cards
- Access badge
- Access control
- Common Access Card
- Environmental design
- ID card
- Identity documents in the United States
- Smart card
- Swipe card