Registrar Daniel A. Grabauskas announced today that the Registry of Motor Vehicles will now issue Under 21 Identification cards to citizens as young as 16 years of age. Until recently the IDs were only issued to citizens between the ages of 18 and 20. "In this day and age many of our young people have after-school jobs and increasing financial responsibilities," said Registrar Grabauskas. "This change will give young people the identification so often required to cash paychecks, open bank accounts and to properly identify themselves for activities such as taking the SATs or boarding an airplane."
Governor Paul Cellucci and Registrar Grabauskas unveiled a newly designed Massachusetts Drivers License last month. Introducing a vertical design for citizens under 21, the new license design makes clear distinctions between under-21 and adult licenses. The Cellucci-Swift administration signed legislation lowering the age to obtain a photo ID to16.
Massachusetts-based Polaroid Corporation, the worlds leading supplier of photographic identification systems, has worked closely with the Registry of Motor Vehicles to develop the new license. "The new Massachusetts driver's licenses and ID's using Polaroids state-of-the-art technology began production last week," said John Munday, President of Polaroid ID systems. "We are pleased to be able to support the Registry in their efforts to provide secure identification cards to 16 and 17-year-olds who need an official state ID for work and travel. We help many of our customers with official state-issued ID cards for young people, state employees and children."
In order to receive an under 21 identification card an individual must provide their social security number, a parental/guardian signature and birth certificate. The cost for an ID card is fifteen dollars.