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South Bend

Resident Identification

South Bend IDentification (SBID)


The SBID program offers residents living in South Bend an optional identification card and aims to help populations that have difficulty obtaining acceptable forms of photo identification. Anyone applying for the identification will need to provide two proofs of identification and proof they reside in the City of South Bend.

See Required Documents here: English | Spanish


The SBID allows residents to identify themselves for instances when picking up children from school, obtaining financial statements, and ordering official transcripts from a local college or university. A primary benefit will be to interact with City of South Bend services such as the South Bend Police Department, South Bend Fire Department, and city buildings/services. The SBID is designed to help keep our community safe. It will be up to companies, vendors and offices outside of city departments if they accept the card. We are working on the final list of places that will accept SBID.


We are still looking for local businesses who will accept the SBID as photo identification. If you would like to partner, please fill out our Partnership Form.


In the fall of 2014 the Social Justice committee from the St. Adalbert’s parish started working on ideas to address concerns from parishioners who had difficulty obtaining identification. In the early 2015 the committee approached community leaders, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and common council members about the idea of a city ID program. With the support of Karen White from Common Council, Mayor Pete and his staff began planning for a local identification program. Through the work of the committee, the Common Council and the Office of the Mayor, it was decided to launch an ID program through La Casa de Amistad using SF Global for verification.


We offer SBID days once a month and have an appointment system set. To schedule an appointment, please call our office at 574.233.2120. The SBID is $25 for community residents, with discounts for seniors 65+ ($20) and minors under 18 ($20). Only original documents will be accepted.


We want to be able to provide the SBID even to those who can’t afford the fee. If you want to help sponsor program costs, or sponsor IDs for residents who are not able to pay, please call us and send a donation for this program. You can donate here:

Questions? Contact: Jessica Casas, Special Projects Coordinator,