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Washington ID Cards

If you are a resident of the state of Washington who elects not to drive, then you cannot get a drivers license. Instead, you can apply for ID cards at the Washington State Department of Licensing. Your identification card will serve as a primary proof of identification nationwide.

If you are a resident of the state of Washington who elects not to drive, then you cannot get a drivers license. Instead, you can apply for ID cards at the Washington State Department of Licensing. Your identification card will serve as a primary proof of identification nationwide.

Below, learn more information about:

  • How to get ID card
  • How to apply for an enhanced ID card.

How to Apply for ID Cards in Washington

If, for whatever reason, you made the decision not to apply for a drivers license in Washington State, then you must seek out an alternate form of identification. You can apply for a standard identification card through the Washington State Department of Licensing. For your convenience, there is a pre-application process available online through the WA DOL website. You can pre-apply for your Washington ID card only if:

  • You have a residential address in Washington.
  • You are applying for a DMV ID card for the first time.

To pre-apply for a WA ID card, have the following information handy:

  • Your full, legal name
  • Your date of birth
  • Your Social Security Number
  • Your residential street address

Once you finish the pre-application online, make sure to note your confirmation number. If you previously held a drivers license, an instruction permit or another ID card in the state, then your record is already on file with the Department of Licensing, and you do not need to pre-apply to save time.

Once your pre-application is in the DOL system, you can make a visit to the licensing office nearest you to complete your ID card application in person. Along with your confirmation number from your pre-application, bring proper identification documents. Be prepared to take a photo and pay the $54 fee for your six-year Washington ID card.

When your ID is set to expire, the easiest method of ID card renewal is online. You will be issued a receipt as proof of identification card renewal until your new card arrives within seven to 10 business days.

In addition, if you lose your credentials, you can also apply for an ID card replacement online via the DOL, which will arrive within 10 business days. A duplicate ID card costs $20.

How to Apply for an Enhanced ID Card

The difference between a standard ID card and an enhanced ID card (or EID) in Washington is that an EID is an approved alternative to a U.S. passport when reentering the country from abroad. In order to apply for an EID in Washington, you must visit a licensing office and bring the following items:

  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of residency in the state of Washington
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship
  • Your Social Security Number
  • Proof of name change, if applicable

Children and teens under 18 can establish ID with a Parental Authorization Affidavit. The process requires a parent or legal guardian to accompany the applicant to the licensing office, sign the affidavit and bring one document to prove the applicant’s identity and one document to prove your status as a parent or legal guardian.

Once you have provided all of the required documentation, you will then be asked to take a photo showing a full, front view of your face to complete the Enhanced ID card application.

EIDs expire every six years. You can process an enhanced ID card renewal online for the price of $72. If you lost your EID and need to get an Enhanced ID card copy, you can do so online, so long as your ID is unexpired, your ID was not replaced or renewed online within the past year and you have a valid SSN on file with the DOL. The cost of a replacement EID is $20.