FAQs for Teens: The Things You Need To Know When Living on Your Own
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FAQs For Teens: The Things You Need To Know When Living on Your Own
We have developed a list of the more common questions that homeless teens have asked of Bellefaire JCB homeless and missing youth counselors at our Street Outreach programs. If you are a teen who needs help, a safe place or has additional questions, please call our 24/7 Homeless and Missing Youth Hotline confidentially at 216-570-8010.
How To Obtain An ID Card
Visit any Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) office and bring the following items. Check here for BMV locations.
- Proof of full legal name
- Proof of your date of birth
- Proof of legal presence in the U.S
- Your Social Security number
- Proof of your current Ohio address
- Payment for $8.50 ID card fee
How To Renew An ID Card
Ohio ID cards are issued for a period of four years, expiring on your birthday. Currently, the only option for ID card renewal in Ohio is to visit your local BMV office. The renewal fee for an ID card is $8.50.
How To Replace An ID Card
Visit any BMV with proof of name, date of birth and Social Security number. The cost is $7.50.
Obtain A Copy of Your Birth Certificate
In the greater Cleveland area, you can obtain a copy of your birth certificate from the City of Cleveland Department of Public Health. They are located at Cleveland City Hall and have office hours Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The cost is $21.50. Click here for more information.
601 Lakeside Avenue, Room 122
Cleveland, OH 44114
- Walk-in This is the fastest way to obtain a birth certificate. When you arrive, you will complete an application and pay a $21.50 required fee by cash, check or money order.
- Mail a check or money order for $21.50 for each certified certificate. The turn-around time is estimated at three to six weeks from the day the request is received, not including additional time for mailing.
- Online via VitalChek. Click here. Additional service charges will be applied to each order. Turn around is estimated at three to six weeks from the day the request is received, not including additional time for mailing.
- Telephone Call VitalChek at 1-866-691-1914.
How To Prove Residency
If your ID card, birth certificate, social security card or passport do not establish residency then you can use the following documents to prove residency:
- Bank Statement Any checking or savings account statement, including on-line statements, dated within the last 60 days.
- School Records Must contain satisfactory proof of identity, Ohio residency and relationship of the parent or guardian to the child applicant.
Click here for a full list of accepted documents.
GED Age Requirements
To take the Ohio GED test you must be officially withdrawn from school and be 19 or older. Exceptions to the age requirement may be granted if you:
- Are 18 and the superintendent (or designee) of the school district where you last attended complete and sign the GED Age Waiver Form. Attach it to your paper application or to the confirmation page from your online application.
- Are 18 AND your class has graduated, attach an Official School Transcript to your application to show that your class has graduated.
- Have been sworn into active military service in one of the armed forces, attach a sworn statement to your application giving the date of the swearing-in ceremony. Delayed entry candidates do not qualify.
- Are at least 16 and the superintendent (or designee) of the school district where you last attended complete and sign the GED Age Waiver Form. A parent, guardian or court official must sign the GED Parental Consent Form. Attach both forms to your paper application or to the confirmation page from your online application.
Getting A Job If You Are Under Age 18
Visit www.snagajob.com for a list of current job openings. The following businesses in Cuyahoga County often hire teens.
- Aaron Brothers Inc.
- AMC Entertainment
- Arby's (crew member positions)
- Boston Market
- Burger King
- Jiffy Lube (17+)
- Kentucky Fried Chicken
- Papa John's (some locations)
- Steak 'n Shake (almost all positions except supervisor)
- Valvoline Oil Change (17+)
What is Job Corps?
Job Corps offers career planning, on-the-job training, job placement, residential housing, food services, driver's education, health and dental care, a bi-weekly basic living allowance and clothing allowance. Some centers offer childcare programs for single parents as well. To enroll call 216-541-2505 or 800-733-JOBS. Visit www.cleveland.jobcorps.gov
How To Get Food Stamps
In Cuyahoga County call (216) 987-7000. Click here for more information.
SAFE Places To Stay
- 2100 Lakeside: 216-566-0047
- City Mission: 216-431-3515
- Continued Life: 216-383-1984
- Family Promise: 216-991-6272
- Laura's Home: 216-472-5500
- Mental Health Services Community Women's Shelter: 216-479-0020
- Next Step: 216-221-8920
- Opportunity House: 216-862-1577
- West Side Catholic Center: 216-631-4741
- YWCA: 216-881-6678
- Zelma George: 216-619-4682
How To Get Medical Assistance
The Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland
12201 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106
LGBT Pride Clinic
4242 Lorain Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44113
Nurse Line: 216-957-4868
Hours: Wednesdays from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00- p.m.
Click here for more information
19910 Malvern Road, Shaker Heights, OH 44122
Where To Get Information about Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) and AIDS
AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland
3210 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115
Hours: Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.