Social Security Card
A Social Security Card is identification issued by the government agency called the Social Security Administration (SSA).
The card is issued with a unique 9-digit number (SSN) for tax-paying U.S. citizens and those employed in the U.S.A Social Security Number is for employment purposes only and is required for F -1 and J-1 students who will be earning money in the United States.
For more information visit our Social Security Number information page.
California Driver License
A common form of state identification is the California Driver's License. For more details, read through California and San Diego Driving Facts (PDF).
For more information on obtaining a driver's license, please visit the Getting Started at UC San Diego page.
State ID for Non-Drivers
The DMV will issue a non-driver’s identification (ID) card. This is a very convenient form of identification, since a passport is not always recognized for local transactions, such as cashing checks or admission to an establishment where alcohol is served. The same documents are needed as if applying for a driver’s license, and USCIS will have to confirm I-94 status in the United States. A temporary identification card will be issued but it will not have a photograph. For more information, visit the California Department of Motor Vehicles webpage.