ID card designs

New design

We began issuing newly-designed driver licenses and ID cards in July 2010 as part of our efforts to protect Washington residents from identity theft, and prevent photo swapping, tampering, and other types of license fraud.

  • If you have an ID card with the old design, it will be valid until it expires. You’ll get the new look when you renew or replace your ID card.
  • The new design includes the following features:
    • Ghost portrait (faint version of the photograph) at the bottom right of the card
    • “WA USA” in the heading
    • New layout of personal data, with printed data overlapping the ghost image

Sample ID cards

Temporary ID cards look the same as the samples below, but are printed in black-and-white on secure paper.

Type of ID card New design
(Issued since July 2010)
Old design
(Valid until expiration)
ID card for minors (Younger than 21 years of age) ID card for minors: Design after July 2010
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ID card for minors: Design before July 2010
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ID card for adults (21 years of age and older) ID card design after July 2010
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ID card design before July 2010
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Enhanced ID card (EID) Enhanced ID card (EID) design after July 2010
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Not applicable.
The enhanced ID card design hasn’t changed since we began issuing them.
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