i typically only carry around a driver's license, and recently one of my credit cards has a photo of me on the back.
non-drivers (or anyone, i guess) can get a State ID to use for ID purposes. drivers just use their driver's license for the same purpose. sometimes stores require photo ID (usually driver's license but could be a passport) when using checks or a credit card. state offices and passport offices may also require photo IDs.
# 1 Birth certificate
# 2 Social Security card
# 3 Driver's license
# 4 Passport
# 5 Department of Defense Identification Card
# 6 Other specialized cards
Other specialized cards
In the absence of a national identity card, the typical adult in the United States often carries a large number of documents issued by many different public and private entities.
The U.S. Federal government issues the following types of identity documents:
* Certificate of U.S. Citizenship
* Certificate of Naturalization
* Immigration and travel-related documents issued by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services to non-U.S. citizens.
* The passport card is a new travel document available to U.S. citizens for land and sea travel to Canada, Mexico, and various Caribbean destinations.
* NEXUS card for travel between the United States and Canada.
* SENTRI card for travel between the United States and Mexico.
* The Transportation Worker Identification Credential, a new biometric security identification credential to be phased in by April 15, 2009, issued by the Transportation Security Administration.
* The Merchant Mariner's Document, issued by the U.S. Coast Guard.
Other documents that are evidence of an individual's identity:
* State/territory driver's license (see above)
* ID card issued by federal, state, or local government agencies or entities, provided it contains a photograph or information such as name, date of birth, gender, height, eye color and address
* School ID card with photograph
* Voter's registration card
* Native American tribal document