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Library Accounts/Registration:
Acceptable Identification

March 2009

The following details acceptable ID for opening or renewing an account. Applicants must show identification which includes BOTH a photo and proof of current address. (One document may be acceptable if it serves both purposes). All applications must be signed to be valid.

Acceptable for Photo ID

(Must be valid/current except where noted and have photo.)

  • PA Driver's License
  • PA Identification Card
  • Other US State's Driver's License if accompanied by local address verification (see below)
  • Expired PA Driver's License if accompanied by local address verification
  • Passport
  • State ID
  • Military ID
  • Work ID
  • Student ID
  • Medical Insurance Card

Acceptable Proof of Address

(Must be valid/current and dated within the past 6 months; online printouts may be acceptable at the staff's discretion.)

For adults 18 and over and teens 13-17 (with photo ID):
  • PA Learner's Permit
  • Vehicle registration card
  • Vehicle insurance card
  • Medical insurance card (if carries address information)
  • Lease/Rental agreement (house, apartment, dormitory)
  • Property tax receipt
  • Utility bill (electric, gas, telephone, water-dated within 4-6 weeks)
  • Paycheck (dated within 4-6 weeks)
  • Bank Account statement (dated within 4-6 weeks)
  • Credit Card billing statement (dated within 4-6 weeks)
  • Report card from the most recent grading period
  • Completed CLP Address Verification Form
  • Postal mailer from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (postmarked within 4 weeks)
For minors ages 0-12 and teens 13-17 (without photo ID):
  • Child/youth must be present to register
  • Parent/guardian's ID is required, will be listed on account*
  • Parental signature required on application*
    *Emancipated minors should be registered as adults.
  • If parent is unable to come to the library with minor, the two forms of identification required will be:
    • Application Form with CLP addressed and postmarked envelope and signature of parent
    • Parent ID Information -- must be included on the application

Not Valid Identification

(Unacceptable identification includes, but is not limited to, the following:)
  • Hand-addressed/personal mail
  • Business cards
  • Sales receipts
  • Magazine subscriptions
  • Junk bulk mail
  • Social Security card
  • Birth Certificate
  • Checkbook

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh reserves the right to ask for previous addresses or further identification to verify an individual has or does not already have an existing library account. An application may be delayed in processing until any concerns over previous accounts are addressed. Persons found to attempt to present fraudulent identification, misuse an account or attempt to use another person's account may be banned from library usage and/or may be referred for legal action.