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Turning 18

When you turn 18, there are some things you must do. If you are a male, you must register with the Selective Service. There are also things that you may want to consider. The Virginia Commonwealth University, Youth Transition Demonstration Technical Assistance Office has published an Age 18 Benefits Check-Up for Youth Transition Demonstration Participants (PDF): A Guide for Students, Families, and Professionals for help with transition skills.

Register for Selective Service

Selective Service requires all males ages 18 to 26, living in the United States, to register. ALL young men must register within 30 days of their 18th birthday. This is not a draft or a process to join the military. You must register in order to be eligible for student financial aid or government employment. You can register online at the Selective Service System Online Registration site or get the form at the post office.

Utah Identification Card

Personal identification is very important. You can get a Utah photo identification card without taking any tests. You can use the ID to cash checks, open bank accounts, board an airplane, etc. You can apply for a card at your local driver license office.

Register to Vote

When you turn 18, you should register to vote. There are many places you can register or find a voter registration form. A voter registration form can be found in the phone book, local post office, DMV (Division of Motor Vehicles), and other government offices. The Help America Vote Act of 2002 ensures your voting location is accessible.

Apply for SSI/SSDI

Social Security has two major programs that can provide financial payments to qualified people with disabilities. A person may be eligible based on his or her disability, income and assets at age 18. To apply for benefits, contact the Social Security office 6 to 8 weeks prior to your 18th birthday. Learn more about Social Security online.

For additional information check out "Parent Brief – Supplement Security Income: A Bridge to Work"