Several basic forms of identity are needed to re-enter and navigate the world before you. These include birth certificate, social security card, drivers license or non-drivers ID, and – if you are a veteran – a DD214 (Report of Separation). If you are having trouble obtaining identity documents, which are also necessary when you apply for benefits, the Westchester County Department of Social Services is the one-stop agency that can help you obtain them.
Go to the Know Your Rights page if you want to also have in hand the information employers can access regarding your criminal history.
Tip: Carry a recent bill or other “official” mail containing your current address with you. This, along with a photo ID, can often be used as one form of ID when applying for other identification.