How to Make a Pretend Driver's License for Kids

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Things You'll Need

  • Heavy card stock

  • Scissors

  • Passport-sized photo

  • Glue stick

  • Black felt-tipped pen

  • Pencil

  • Eraser

  • Stick-on letters

  • Laminate pouch

She's riding around in a toy car right now, but it won't be long before she's a teenager behind the wheel and out on the open road. During the toddler years, children's imaginative play generally increases. Set your little one off on the right track with her very own driver's license and make her playtime more creative and a lot more fun.


Step 1

Take a photograph of your child using a plain door or wall as the backdrop, and print the photo at home or at a photo store. Trim the photo to 2-by-1.5 inches. The child's face should measure approximately 1.5 inches from the top of her head to the bottom of her chin. Set the photo aside.


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Step 2

Cut a piece of card stock to approximately 3.5-by-2.5 inches and round off the corners slightly with your scissors. Apply glue to the back of your child's photograph; then affix it to the left-hand side of the piece of card, leaving a small border.


Step 3

Lightly rule lines in pencil and add your child's biographical information using a thin marker. Write the words "Driver's License" as a title in the blank area of the card; then insert your child's name in bold print with a fictitious license number. Add an address and date of birth. Don't feel bound to re-create an authentic-looking license; get as creative or silly as you want. Erase any lines once you are finished.


Step 4

Using stick-on letters, add the name of the state that your child lives in to the top left-hand corner of the license. Don't worry if the letters overlap the photograph.


Step 5

Peel open the laminating pouch and carefully lay the license face-up on its surface. Slowly and carefully smooth the top layer of the pouch over the front of the license, making sure the pouch seals itself on each side. Cut around the license.


To expedite the process, trim down an old photo instead of taking and printing a new one. Alternatively, use a passport photo or cut out out the face of your child's favorite character.

If you choose not to use stick-on typography, customize the license with glitter glue or colored markers or small stickers. Consider using an ink stamp to make the license look more authentic: stamp a design over the corner of the photo. If you have one, use your own license for inspiration, but a pretend license doesn't necessarily have to follow the design exactly.


Add fictitious information to the driving license such as the address and date of birth in case the card gets lost.



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