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Homeschool ID Cards

Updated on September 24, 2011
Son's ID
Son's ID

ID Cards for Homeschools

Our homeschooling adventure begins next month. Our son is going to be at the PreK level and is very excited about all the pencils and other supplies that are appearing. We've already done a little bit of school, mainly lots of hands on things and a few worksheets, and he loves it. Seems since mommy is in school, he wants to be too. Plus, he seems much happier.

His older cousins have ID cards for their school. Our little boy loves them and keeps pestering me for one of his own. So I started wondering if I could get ID cards for our homeschool. I searched for some information and found where I could make them for free. We chose a name for our school, and my son is delighted at everyone having ID cards. We even had to make a special trip to the landlady to show her!

Mom's ID
Mom's ID
Dad's ID
Dad's ID

Do we need ID cards?

Do we really need ID cards? Does any homeschool? The answer is like a school name or motto: the choice is yours.

At the PreK level we probably don't need ID cards at all. But they are fun and our son is very happy. There is also a good chance that we can get discounts as a homeschool at various places such as Wal-Mart, Barnes & Noble, or Staples. It depends on the store and your location, but it never hurts to ask. Not to mention: anything that lets us take our son to the nature center or museum for a better price is worth having!

If you don't need these kinds of discounts or they aren't available in your area with just a card, you can still benefit from having an ID card. Some areas are enforcing a daytime curfew. If you have an older child who has gone for a walk or to the library, they could run into trouble with truancy officers. An ID card might be just the thing to keep your family from having problems. You can often add a phone number to the card, so if there are further questions the officers can simply call.

It never hurts to have an extra photo ID. The cards can be used as ID for students who are taking the SAT and can even be used when traveling. And of course, it can be just plain fun to have IDs.

How to Get ID Cards

So if you want ID cards for your homeschool, where do you find them?

There are many places that you can make an ID online and simply print it at home. In our case, I headed for the Homeschool Buyers Co-Op and made free IDs there. Then I printed and laminated them. There is also the option to buy them made of PVC plastic.

Other sites are available that will let you make free cards with various options or that will allow you to order plastic cards. A search will lead you to many different sources.

You may be concerned as to whether a card you make at home will be seen as legitimate. Most places that accept student IDs as well as most officials will see them as legitmate. Why? Because anyone can go online and order an ID.

If you become a member of a local homeschool co-op, HSLDA, or a group like Georgia Home Educators Association then you will have member cards from these official groups as well should you need to show them.


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      FAKEIDMAN 2 years ago

      That is funny. Kids in grade school do not even have ids where I am. Looked online to see like the link above I came across think they are a bit different with fake id links, maybe they could make one?

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      hauntedportraits 4 years ago

      You can get Homeschool IDs at

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      Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware

      Very informative hub about school ID's. Makes sense to have them and I see no good reason not to honor them like any other school identification.

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      Sunnyglitter 6 years ago from Cyberspace

      I never even thought about a homeschool ID card before. Nice idea!

      Also, I love how you shared your pictures so that we can all see what a homeschool ID looks like. :)

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      Jalenagraham 6 years ago

      I homeschool as well, and have used this same style of homeschool ID card. It comes in handy when you need to show a Teacher's ID for discounts.

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      mommytalks 6 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

      What a cool idea! Of course, mine would just love something with their picture on it to put in their little "purses" - awesome 1st hub!

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      cardelean 6 years ago from Michigan

      Not being a homeschooling parent, I had never thought of the need for IDs for homeschooling children. You bring up some great points about why they would be useful. Great job and welcome to Hubpages!

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      Karen Wilton 6 years ago from Australia

      Welcome to HubPages! You've made a great start with this Hub on home schooling IDs. If you need help, the Learning Centre has a volume of information for users. Here's to many more Hubs from you.