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    ID Cards in Washington

    Washington State identification cards are available to all WA residents and can be used as photo identification. You can use a WA ID card to open a bank account, register to vote, and travel. You can now also apply for an enhanced identification card (EID) that you can use to travel by sea or land through U.S. border crossings.

    WA ID Card Eligibility Requirements

    To be eligible for a Washington state ID card, you must be:

    • A resident of Washington.
    • Able to show proof of your identity.
    • Able to provide your Social Security number or proof of your WA residence.
    • Able to have your photo taken at a WA driver licensing office.

    There is no age requirement to apply for an ID card.

    Apply for a Washington ID Card

    You can now apply for an enhanced ID card (EID) in Washington. An EID is more advanced than a standard ID card and can be used as an alternative to a passport when returning to the U.S. via land or sea border crossings. For more information on enhanced ID cards (EID) and how to apply, read the “Enhanced WA EID” section below.

    To apply for a WA identification card, you must visit a WA State Department of Licensing (DOL) driver’s licensing office in person. You cannot apply for a Washington ID card online or by mail.

    1. Pre-Apply Online

    To save time at the driver licensing office, you can pre-apply online. This step is recommended, but not mandatory.

    You can pre-apply if you:

    • Are a resident of Washington.
    • Have never before held a Washington ID card, driver’s license, instruction permit, or enhanced driver license or ID card.

    You will need to create an account and fill out some basic personal information, including your address and date of birth. When you finish your online application, you will receive a confirmation ID, which you’ll need to take to the driver licensing office.

    2. Visit a WA Driver Licensing Office

    To finish your application, you must visit a WA driver licensing office in person. You must bring with you:

    • Your confirmation ID, if you pre-applied online.
    • Proof of your identity (see below examples).
    • Payment for your ID card (please see “Washington Identification Card Fees” below).

    You will also need to provide your Social Security number. If you don’t have an SSN, you can follow these steps:

    1. Sign a declaration form (pick one up at the WA DOT).
    2. Provide as many documents as you can to prove your Washington residence (e.g. utility bill, motor vehicle title, or WA marriage certificate).
    3. Wait for the DOT to mail you a request for an appointment to verify your residence. This will arrive within 2 weeks of applying.
    4. Schedule your appointment with the WA DOT.

    Once your residence is verified, you will be issued a WA ID card.

    Washington Proof of Identity

    The WA state DOT only accepts original or certified copies of documents to prove your identity. Accepted documents fall into different categories—stand-alone, A-list, and B-list documents.

    Stand-alone documents include:

    • Washington State driver license (must be current or expired less than 1 year ago).
    • Valid U.S. armed services ID card (must have a photo).
    • Valid U.S. passport.

    A-list documents include:

    • Driver’s license from another country (must be valid or expired less than 60 days ago, has security features and can be verified).
    • Original U.S. citizenship or naturalization certificate.
    • Valid federal or state employee ID card (must show your signature and photo).

    B-list documents include:

    • Certified birth certificate (Puerto Rico-issued birth certificates issued before July 1, 2010 will not be accepted).
    • U.S. driver’s license (invalid or expired less than 5 years ago).
    • U.S. passport (expired less than 5 years ago).

    The documents you need to bring will depend on your age. Visit the Washington State DOT’s website for a full list of accepted documents.

    While some authentic foreign documents may be accepted, the WA DOT may need to fax your documents to another location for checking. Where translation of documents is required, you may need to provide certified English translations with the original document.

    Apply for an Enhanced WA ID Card

    The Washington State Department of Licensing offers an enhanced ID card (EID), which you can use as an alternative to a passport when re-entering the U.S. at land and sea border crossings. Anyone who is a Washington state resident can apply for an EID, regardless of age.

    To apply for an EID you will need to visit an EDL/EID office in person. To visit an appointment-only office, call (360) 902-3900 to make an appointment.

    You can pre-apply online to save time at the office the same way you pre-apply for a standard ID card.

    At the EDL/EID office you will need to:

    • Complete an application form. If you pre-applied online, bring the confirmation number you received to the EDL/EID office.
    • Provide your Social Security number. You do not need to bring in your Social Security card, unless you are using it as one of your proofs of identity.
    • Verify the information on your application with a licensing service representative.
    • Have your photo taken.
    • Pay the fee of $72.
    • Sign a declaration stating you received documents describing the use and purpose of biometric identification and radio frequency identification.
    • Turn in your out-of-state driver license or ID card, if you have one.

    You must bring:

    • Payment for $72 the fee.
    • A document proving your citizenship (e.g. original or government-certified copy of your U.S. passport, citizenship certificate, or Washington state birth certificate).
    • A document proving your identity (e.g. original or government-certified copy of your U.S. passport, U.S. military ID, or government ID).
    • A document proving your WA residence (e.g. original or government-certified copy of a home utility bill, mortgage document, or homeowner’s insurance policy).

    Use the checklist to see a full list of acceptable documents.

    You will receive your EID in the mail in 3 weeks. You will have a temporary EID to use for identification purposes only (not for border crossings), until your permanent card arrives in the mail.

    Washington Identification Card Fees

    Washington state ID cards and EIDs are valid for 6 years and expire on your birthday.

    WA ID Card Fees

    For a standard WA ID card, it will cost you:

    • $45 for your first standard ID card.
    • $45 to renew your standard ID card.
    • $20 to replace a lost or stolen ID card.

    Enhanced ID Card Fees

    Enhanced ID cards have different fees to a standard WA identification card. It will cost you:

    • $72 for your first EID.
    • $3 per year of the time remaining on your WA ID card to upgrade to an EID.
    • $72 to renew your EID.
    • $20 to replace your lost or stolen EID.

    Accepted Forms of Payment

    WA DOL driver licensing offices accept the following forms of payment:

    • Cash.
    • Check.
    • MasterCard and American Express credit or debit cards, and some VISA debit cards (except at Coulee Dam, Davenport, Friday Harbor, Forks, Goldendale, Newport, Republic, or South Bend).

    If you pay by debit or credit card, you will be charged an additional convenience fee.

    Renew Your Washington ID Card

    Your Washington state ID card will expire every 6 years on your birthday. You will need to renew your ID card either online or in person at a WA Department of Licensing office. You cannot renew your WA ID card by mail.

    Renew Online

    If you received a letter from the WA DOT saying you can renew your ID card online, visit the WA DOL website to do so. You will need:

    • Your ID card number.
    • The last 4 digits of your Social Security number.
    • A valid VISA, MasterCard, or American Express card.
    • An email address and/or printer.

    Your card will be mailed to you within 4 weeks. If it still hasn’t arrived within 45 days, send an email to drivers@dol.wa.gov.

    The WA DOL will use the same photo that is on your current ID card. If you would like to have a new photo taken, you must renew your ID card in person at a Washington driver licensing office.

    Renew in Person

    To renew your ID card in person, visit a driver licensing office and bring your current WA ID card and payment for your new ID card.

    Renew Your Enhanced ID Card

    Your EID will expire every 6 years on your birthday.

    If your information doesn’t match, you will need to renew your EID in person to prove your address. You will need to provide documents such as utility bills, mortgage documents, and a Washington State voter card.

    You can renew your EID online, by mail or in person. You must renew your card in person at a driver licensing office, if:

    • Your address information doesn’t match the USPS records. Check if your WA address matches the one on record by visiting the USPS website.
    • You need to change your name on your EID.

    A full list of acceptable documents can be found online.

    Online

    You can renew your EID online the same way as you would a standard WA ID card (see above).

    By Mail

    You can renew your EID by mail if you received a letter from the WA DOL saying you can do so. You will need to send the renewal form and payment coupon you received, and a check or money order to the address specified on the renewal.

    In Person

    You can renew your EID in person at a driver licensing office.

    You will need:

    • Your current or expired WA EID.
    • Payment for the renewal fee.
    • Documents proving your residence, if your address doesn’t match the USPS records (e.g. utility bills, mortgage documents and WA State voter card).

    Change Your WA ID Card Information

    Change Your ID/EID Card Address

    You must change your address on your ID/EID card within 10 days of moving within Washington. You can change your address online, in person, or by mail.

    There is no cost to change your address on your WA driving record only, but you will need to pay a fee to receive an updated ID/EID card. See the “Washington Identification Card Fees” section above for fees and accepted payment methods.

    Online

    When you change your address online, you will have the option of ordering an updated WA ID/EID card with your new address, or just updating your driving record only.

    You will need:

    • Your WA ID/EID card number.
    • The last 4 digits of your Social Security number.
    • Payment, if you want a replacement ID card.

    Note: If your current card is a standard WA ID card, your replacement card will be a standard ID card, not an enhanced ID card.

    By Mail

    To change your Washington address by mail, you will need to complete the Driver License Change of Address (Form DLE-520-039) and send it to any driver’s licensing office in WA.

    If you renew your Washington ID card by mail, you will not receive a new updated ID card. You must write your new address on the back of your current ID with permanent ink, in the space provided.

    In Person

    To change your address in person, visit any driver licensing office in WA. You will have the option of purchasing a replacement ID card with your new address printed on it. If you want a replacement ID, you will need to bring payment for the new ID card.

    Change Your Name on a Washington ID Card

    To change your name on your WA ID card, you will need to visit a WA DOL driver’s licensing office in person. You cannot change your name online or by mail.

    You must bring:

    • A document proving your identity (e.g. U.S. passport, original or filed copy of your marriage certificate, or your original birth certificate).
    • Payment for your new ID card.

    Change Your Name on a WA EID Card

    To change your name on your WA EID, you must visit a WA DOL driver’s licensing office in person. You cannot change your name online or by mail.

    You must bring:

    • Your current WA EID.
    • A court order, divorce decree (filed and verified by the court), or marriage certificate (original or certified copy). The document must show your new name.
    • Payment for your new EID.

    Replace a Lost or Stolen Washington ID Card

    If your Washington ID card is lost or stolen, you can replace it if the ID hasn’t expired and the WA DOL has your current address on file. If your WA identification card is going to expire within 3 months, renew it instead of replacing it.

    You can replace your ID card online or in person.

    Online Replacement

    To replace your ID card online, visit the WA DOL website. You will need:

    • The last 4 digits of your Social Security number.
    • A valid Visa, MasterCard, or American Express card.
    • An email address and/or printer.

    Your card will be mailed to you in 4 weeks. If it still hasn’t arrived within 45 days, send an email to drivers@dol.wa.gov.

    The WA DOL will use the same photo that is on your current ID card. If you would like to have a new photo taken, you must renew your ID card in person at a Washington driver licensing office.

    In-Person Replacement

    To replace your lost or stolen Washington ID card in person, visit a WA DOL driver licensing office and bring:

    • Documents to prove your identity (see the “Apply for a Washington ID Card” section above).
    • Valid payment.

    A new photo will be taken for your replacement Washington identification card, unless you use a self-service station.

    If there are self-service stations available at the WA DOL office you are visiting, you can use these to replace your ID card, if:

    • The WA DOL has your current address on file.
    • Your lost/stolen card hasn’t expired.

    You will need to pay the fee using a VISA, MasterCard, or American Express debit or credit card. If you use a self-service station, your new ID card will have the same photo as your last card.

    Your replacement Washington identification card will be mailed to you within 10 days. If it still hasn’t arrived within 45 days, send an email to drivers@dol.wa.gov.

    Replace Your EID

    You can replace your lost or stolen EID card online or in person at a Washington DOL driver licensing office. If your EID is expiring in the next 3 months, renew it instead of replacing it.

    Your replacement card should arrive within 10 days of your application. If it still hasn’t arrived within 45 days, call the WA DOL at (360) 902-4071 or email drivers@dol.wa.gov.

    Online

    You can replace your EID online if:

    • Your lost or stolen Washington ID card is valid and unexpired.
    • It has been over 12 months since you replaced or renewed your EID online.
    • Your SSN and current address are on file with the WA DOL.
    • You aren’t changing your name on your EID.
    • You are still a resident of Washington State.
    • You don’t have any dishonored checks, unpaid traffic fines, unpaid reissuance fees, suspensions, revocations, or cancellations on your record.

    You will need:

    • The last 4 digits of your SSN.
    • A valid VISA, MasterCard, or American Express credit/debit card.
    • An email address and/or printer.

    In Person

    To replace your lost or stolen WA EID in person, visit a WA DOL driver licensing office and bring:

    • Documents to prove your identity (same as documents accepted for applying for a new EID).
    • Valid payment.

    If you are under 18 years old, your parent or guardian must sign an affidavit.

    You will have a temporary EID to use for identification purposes only (not for border crossings), until your permanent card arrives in the mail.

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