In the United Kingdom Identity Cards are no longer issued. However, if you have one, you don’t have to return it. But you may want to apply for a citizen card which may prove your age. So, how to apply for a citizen card for the first time? Can it be done online? How much does it cost? If you want to know the answer, keep reading this article!
How can I use a citizen card?
A citizen card is a non-obligatory document which may, for instance, prove your age while shopping or travelling. You may also use it, among others, to:
- apply for a driving license
- start working
- rent a new home
- travel around the United Kingdom.
The full list of places and situations when you can use your citizen card you can find on this page.
How to apply for a citizen card for the first time?
The application process can be easily done without leaving your home. There are two possible ways of obtaining your card:
- standard way (£15)
- urgent way (£30).
The former differs in the price and delivery time. You will get your card after 21 days. The latter is two times more expensive, but you will receive the card within 1-2 working days.
How to apply for a citizen card for the first time? Procedure
To apply for a citizen card for the first time you will have to prepare:
- a valid and up-to-date passport photo (not mandatory, but it makes the process simpler)
- if needed, other documents required.
Then, you will have to fill the online form and upload the photo. Finally, pay for the application (choose your preferable way) and wait for your card. It will be issued for 3 years, until the end of the month it was printed on.