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How to apply for a Washington Identification Card

The Washington Department of Licensing (DOL) issues non-driver identification cards to State residents who don't have a valid ID card, driver license or instruction permits from the State or any other jurisdiction. The ID card can be used to prove your identity, age, and residence in a variety of situations. The DOL also issues an Enhanced Driver's License (EDL) or Enhanced Identification Card, which acts as a viable alternative for a passport and can be used for entering the country by land or water. It is also an important identification to show citizenship of the US. The identification card is valid till your birthday, five years from the date that it was issued.

APPLYING FOR A WASHINGTON ID CARD

  1. Locate the driver's licensing service office nearest you, as you will have to apply for the ID card in person. You cannot apply online. Application for Enhanced Driver's License or Enhanced Identification has to be done by appointment at the local EDL/ID office by calling 1 866 520 4365.
  2. Bring proper identification. You will be asked to present one piece of primary identification and two documents of secondary identification.
  3. You must also provide proof of your social security number (SSN). If you have never been issued a SSN, you may be required to obtain one, or else sign a form declaring the same.
  4. Provide proof of Washington residence.
  5. Have your photograph taken by the authorities.
  6. Pay the ID card application fee, currently $ 20, by money order, cash, traveler's check or check. The. Washington DOL does accept payments by credit or debit card (MasterCard and Visa only). The fee for Enhanced Identification it is $ 35 and can only be obtained in person.
  7. You must also surrender any valid driver license or instruction permit issued by the state of Washington or any other jurisdiction.

RENEWING A WASHINGTON ID CARD

  1. Locate the driver's licensing service office near you, as you will have to apply for the ID card in person. You can apply online if you have been issued a letter for the same. However, for EDL/ID you cannot renew online and it has to be done in person at your local EDL/ID office.
  2. Bring the expired ID card. In case of EID, you need to get the current one.
  3. Provide proof of Washington residence, in the event that your address has changed.
  4. If you are below 18 years of age you must bring along your parent or guardian who will have to produce his/her own id, proof of relationship or guardian status and sign an affidavit.
  5. Pay the ID card renewal fee, currently $ 20, by cash or check. The Washington DOL does accept payments by credit or debit card (MasterCard or Visa only). For renewing EDL/ID, you need to pay $ 40 and $ 35 respectively. Failure to renew within 60 days of expiry of the EDL/ID would entail additional charges.
  6. For EDL/ID, you need to qualify an additional vision test.

REPLACING A LOST, STOLEN, OR DESTROYED ID CARD

You may be issued a replacement identification card if your original ID card has been lost, stolen or destroyed, or if you have had a name or address change.

  1. Locate the driver's licensing service office near you, as you will have to apply for the ID card in person. You cannot apply online.
  2. Bring proper identification. You will be asked to present one piece of primary identification and two documents of secondary identification.
  3. You must also provide proof of your social security number (SSN). If you have never been issued a SSN, you may be required to obtain one, or else sign a form declaring the same.
  4. Provide proof of Washington residence in the event of any address change.
  5. If your name has changed, you must provide proof of name change.
  6. Parents or guardians need to provide their proof of residence in Washington and other forms of identification in case you are less than 18 years of age.
  7. Pay the ID card replacement fee, currently $ 15, by cash or check. The Washington DOL accepts payments by credit or debit card (MasterCard or Visa only), provided there is no issue of address or name change. The EDL/ID replacement fee is also currently $ 15 and can only be done in person by check, cash.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Furthermore, you can be eligible for Washington EDL if you have a driver's license of another state. Being a U.S. citizen is a necessary requirement for EDL/ID.
  • See also Applying for a New License.
  • See also Change of Address.
 

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