Deaf Identification Cards

Front and Back of Deaf Identification card

Deaf Identification Cards

Last Updated; June 22, 2016

The Division for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing & Late Deafened provides "proof of deafness" identification cards, on a voluntary basis (only if you want one). These cards are wallet-sized, contain the seal of the State of Maine and are laminated (sealed in plastic). They are custom made for each person and contain:

Name

Date of birth

Type of communication you need

Signature of the Director of the Division for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing & Late Deafened

Telephone numbers for interpreter services and the Division for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing & Late Deafened

These identification cards do not have a photograph on them as they once did. Driver’s licenses or ID cards from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles now have photos on them. This card and a photo driver’s license (or BMV ID card) is proof of identity and hearing loss.

In order to receive an Identification Card, you must submit a completed application along with proof of hearing loss/deafness. Proof of hearing loss/deafness may include any one of the following:

A copy of an audiogram signed by a licensed professional.

A copy of a diploma from a School for the Deaf.

A signature from a physician, otolaryngologist (ENT) or audiologist on the application form.

Proof on file of inclusion in another program such as the Telecommunications Equipment Program (TEP) from the Disability Rights Maine-Deaf Services (DRM), the 70% discount form used by TTY callers for their home TTYs, or the Hearing Loss Placard Program from the Division for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing & Late Deafened.

To obtain an application for a Deaf Identification Card, contact:

Division for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing & Late Deafened 150 State House Station Augusta, Maine 04333-0150 (207)-470-7668 VP, (207)-623-7998 TTY, (207)-623-7958 Voice, (207)-287-5292 FAX.

You can also download the application and print it by selecting the link below:

After completing the application, mail it or fax it to the Division for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing & Late Deafened at the address or fax number given above.

Division for the Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing & Late-Deafened ID Application