We issue licenses to military service members and their families with the word “military” in the place of the expiration date. These individuals don’t have to renew their driver licenses for the length of their military service.
If your driver license with a “military” expiration is lost, stolen, or damaged while you are outside of Washington State, you may request a replacement license by mailing us:
Your replacement license will be labeled “identity not verified” and won’t contain a photograph or signature. Since you are not in the state to comply with photograph and identification requirements, the replacement license will be labeled “valid without photo,” “identity not verified,” and “signature not available.”
Due to security requirements, we can’t mail a replacement enhanced driver license/ID card to an out-of-state address. However, if you won’t be back in Washington State within 30 days, you may get a standard driver license or ID card to replace your EDL/EID. See Lost or stolen EDL/EID for more information.
When you return to Washington, present the “valid without photo” license at a driver licensing office with your photo ID. After you meet all requirements, you will be issued a license with a photograph.
No. Your driver license remains in effect under the same conditions as a license with “military,” even after the expiration date has passed. However, getting a license with “military” on it will ensure that we will keep a record of your license for the entire length of your military service, and make it easier for private businesses and government officials to determine that your license is valid.
You don’t need to renew your driver license during your term of military service. Your driver license will remain valid as long as you are on active duty.
No. If you are a non-resident and hold a license from another state, this does not affect your license.
If you have a “military” driver license or a regular license that remains in effect for the length of your service even though the expiration date has passed, you should carry your military identification card as evidence that the license is valid. A spouse or dependent child should carry their dependent identification card. Domestic partners should carry proof of their relation to the military personnel.
Yes, Your new enhanced driver license will expire in 5 years, but we will keep the “military” indicator on your driving record. For more information about upgrading to an enhanced driver license, see “Can I get an EDL/EID if I have a ‘military’ license?” in the EDL/EID Frequently Asked Questions.