Get your EDL/EID

The enhanced driver license (EDL) or enhanced ID card (EID) confirms your identity and citizenship, and is an acceptable alternative to a passport for re-entry into the U.S. at land and sea border crossings.

Requirements

Proof of citizenship, identity, and residence

When you apply for an EDL/EID, you must be able to establish (or re-establish) your identity, U.S. citizenship, and WA State residence. See Proof of citizenship, identity, and residence for more information, including a checklist to help you gather the documents you’ll need.

Age requirements

Type of enhanced license/ID card Age requirement
Enhanced driver license (EDL) At least 18 years old.
Enhanced intermediate driver license At least 16 years old.
Enhanced ID card (EID) Any age

Additional requirements for teens

If you’re applying for an enhanced intermediate driver license, you must meet all the requirements for an intermediate driver license in addition to the requirements for an enhanced driver license.

Be prepared

Plan ahead for your office visit

  • Allow enough time to complete the process (document and in-person interview) for you and each family member.
  • Allow 2–3 weeks to receive your permanent EDL/EID in the mail. You’ll get a temporary EDL before you leave. It can be used for identification, but not for border crossing.

Bring everything you’ll need

Bring all of the following to the driver licensing office:

  • All of the documents required for proof of citizenship, identity, and residence. If your name has changed, be sure to bring documentation of the name change.
  • Your Social Security number (You don’t need to show us your Social Security card.)
  • Payment for the fee.

Also, see What documents do I need to get my EDL/EID?.

Getting your enhanced driver license

Visit an EDL/EID office to apply.

If you’re getting your first driver license:
  1. Decide which EDL/EID office you’ll visit:
    • Appointment-only offices: Call 360.902.3900 to make an appointment.
    • Walk-in offices: Check our EDL/EID application hours before your visit. Allow enough time to complete the process (document and in-person interview) for you and each family member.
  2. Bring the following:
  3. If you didn’t pre-apply online, then complete an application. We’ll need:
    • Your Washington resident address and phone number.
    • Your height, weight and eye color.
    • Your place of birth and mother’s maiden name.
    • A physical and mental fitness statement.
    • Previous driver license information, if any.
    • Suspensions, revocations, or cancellations of prior driver licenses, if any.
  4. Pass a vision screening and demonstration of color recognition.
  5. Pass the knowledge and drive test at any driver training and testing location.
  6. Complete a questionnaire and sign a declaration saying we gave you materials describing:
  7. Complete your interview and pay the fee.
  8. Have your photograph taken.
If you have a valid Washington State driver license:
  1. Decide which EDL/EID office you’ll visit:
    • Appointment-only offices: Call 360.902.3900 to make an appointment.
    • Walk-in offices: Check our EDL/EID application hours before your visit. Allow enough time to complete the process (document and in-person interview) for you and each family member.
  2. Bring the following:
  3. Complete an application, we’ll need:
    • Your Washington resident address and phone number.
    • A physical description, (height, weight and eye color).
    • Your place of birth and mother’s maiden name.
    • A physical and mental fitness statement.
    • Previous driver license information, if any.
    • Suspensions, revocations, or cancellations of prior driver licenses, if any.
  4. Pass a vision screening and demonstration of color recognition.
  5. You won’t need to take a knowledge or drive test unless you have a medical or physical condition that requires testing.
  6. Complete a questionnaire and sign a declaration saying we gave you materials describing:
  7. Complete your interview and pay the fee.
  8. Turn in your standard WA driver license.
  9. Have your photograph taken.
If you have a valid license from another state:
  1. Decide which EDL/EID office locations you’ll visit:
    • Appointment-only offices: Call 360.902.3900 to make an appointment.
    • Walk-in offices: Check our EDL/EID application hours before your visit. Allow enough time to complete the process (document and in-person interview) for you and each family member.
  2. Bring the following:
  3. If you didn’t pre-apply online, then complete an application. We’ll need:
    • Your Washington resident address.
    • A physical and mental fitness statement.
    • Previous driver licenses information, if any.
    • Suspensions, revocations, or cancellations of prior driver licenses, if any.
  4. Pass a vision screening and demonstration of color recognition.
  5. You won’t need to take a knowledge or drive test unless you have a medical or physical condition that requires testing.
  6. Complete a questionnaire and sign a declaration saying we gave you materials describing:
  7. Complete your interview and pay the fee.
  8. Turn in your out-of-state driver license.
  9. Have your photograph taken.
If you have an expired license from another state:
  1. Decide which EDL/EID office locations you’ll visit:
    • Appointment-only offices: Call 360.902.3900 to make an appointment.
    • Walk-in offices: Check our EDL/EID application hours before your visit. Allow enough time to complete the process (document and in-person interview) for you and each family member.
  2. Bring the following:
  3. Complete a driver license application, which includes:
    • Your Washington resident address.
    • A physical and mental fitness statement.
    • Previous driver licenses information, if any.
    • Suspensions, revocations, or cancellations of prior driver licenses, if any.
  4. Pass a vision screening and demonstration of color recognition.
  5. Pass the knowledge and drive test at any driver training and testing location.
  6. Complete a questionnaire and sign a declaration saying we gave you materials describing:
  7. Complete your interview and pay the fee.
  8. Turn in your out-of-state driver license.
  9. Have your photograph taken.

 

Questions?

Call 360.902.3900

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