Getting a State ID for your child is a smart move, even though it’s not mandatory. It saves you from carrying around important, hard-to-replace, documents for basic ID needs. More importantly, it helps law enforcement quickly distribute your child’s information and photo if ever needed, and provides an extra layer of protection against identity theft. For older kids, having a State ID marks a big step towards independence. It’s a hands-on lesson in responsibility and accountability, especially when they open their first library card or set up a bank account in their name!