Life after high school is more than a job. It’s important that you are involved in your community and make friends.

Independent Living

Independent living/living independently means that individuals with disabilities are provided with all necessary means to enable them to exercise choice and control over their lives and make all decisions concerning their lives.

For assistance with living independently in your home and community contact:

DC Department on Disability Services

The Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program provides vocational and rehabilitative services to individuals with disabilities to help them prepare for, secure, regain or retain employment.

The Rehabilitation Services Administration requires all prospective clients to complete the RSA Application Form. The application process is the first step in meeting your employment goal. You will work with an assigned Counselor to validate your eligibility for services and develop an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE).

Selective Service

All men, both citizens and immigrants, are required to register with the Selective Service within one month after turning 18. The Selective Service is one of the tools the US uses to prepare in case of a national emergency.  The goal is to have a fair process for serving our nation. In the event of an emergency, men between the ages of 18 and 25 may be drafted into the military or into other types of jobs that can support our nation during a crisis.  Anyone who is a “conscientious objector” – someone who would object to military service because of strongly-held religious beliefs – could ask to perform other important service work instead of military service. 

Failure to register is a felony offense punishable by up to 5 years in prison.  In addition, young men must register to be eligible for state-funded student financial aid in many states, to get jobs with the US Government and in some states, and to receive some types of job training.  For immigrant men, registering is also required in order to be eligible for US citizenship.

Register to vote in DC

How to register to vote in DC.

Start your online registration on District of Columbia’s election website

You can also register to vote by mail or in person on the District of Columbia’s election website.

Non-Driver Identification Card

You can obtain either a driver’s license or, for those who don’t drive, an ID card through the DC DMV.  Anyone over the age of 15 who lives in DC and who doesn’t already have a driver’s license or ID card can apply.

There are many reasons to get an ID card, even if you don’t drive.  If you want a job, an employer will likely ask you for proof of ID.  You’ll need to show a valid ID if you want to travel by airplane. And an ID may be required to receive some public benefits. 

The DC DMV issues a type of ID card called “REAL ID”.  In order to get the ID, you’ll need to complete an application and show documents that prove your identity, your Social Security number, and that you live in DC.  Both US citizens and immigrants can get a READ ID card.  If you are under 18, you will need to submit a Parent Consent Form. 


The first step in obtaining a REAL ID non-driver identification card is to print and fill out the identification card application form. Filling out this form will automatically register you to vote in DC as well. 

When you have filled out your form, you will need to bring your completed application to a DC DMV service center. You can find DC DMV Service Centers here.


When you go to the DMV Service Center, you will also need to bring documents that prove you are eligible for the ID card.  The DC DMV will only accept the documents that are listed in the links below.  They will not accept anything that isn’t listed.   It is important that you make sure you have all the required documents before you go to the DMV.

You will need:

  • Proof of lawful presence. US citizens and non-US citizens are required to provide proof of lawful presence, such as a US passport or birth certificate. The list of documents that DC DMV accepts as proof of lawful presence is available at the link below:
  • REAL ID Proof of Lawful Presence


You will have a photograph taken at the service center when your documents are approved. 


Finally, once your photo has been taken, you will pay the appropriate fee for your license.  A driver’s license costs $47 and a non-driver’s ID card costs $20. Both are good for 8 years. 

Next line-Click here to access the Non-Driver ID application.


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Next line-Per graduation year, students are required to complete the following hour’s requirements:

2022-23: 12 hours

2023-24: 50 hours

2024-25: 75 hours

2025-26 and thereafter: 100 hours


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