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Photo identification or photo ID is an identity document that includes a photograph of the holder, usually only his or her face. The most commonly accepted forms of photo ID are those issued by government authorities, such as driver's licenses, identity cards and passports, but special purpose photo IDs may be also produced, such as internal security or access control cards.
Photo identification may be used for face-to-face authentication of identity of a party who is neither personally known to the person in authority or because that person does not 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