Renew your ID card

When to renew

A Washington State identification (ID) card is valid for 5 years. Check the expiration date on your ID card to find out when it expires.

Is your address up-to-date?

If you need to update your address, please change your address before you renew your ID card. When you renew, we match your Washington residence address with the United States Postal Service (USPS).

How to renew your ID card

  • Renew online if you got a letter from us saying you can renew online.
    • When you’re done, print the receipt. It will show you’ve renewed your ID card, but can’t be used for photo ID since it doesn’t include your photo or signature.
    • Your new ID card will show the last photo we took of you at an office.
    • We’ll mail your new card to the Washington residence address we have on file for you in 7–10 business days. If you don’t get it within 45 days, contact us at
  • Renew in person at a driver licensing office. Be sure to bring:
    • Your ID card.
    • Payment for the fee.

Are you a twin or triplet?

When you get your driver license or ID card, we may ask if you’re a twin or triplet. Answering this question is strictly voluntary.

We share this information with the University of Washington Twin Registry. The Registry will contact you and ask if you’d like to join the Twin Registry. Periodically, as a Twin Registry member you may be invited to participate in scientific studies developed by prominent scientists from around the world. Learn more about this exciting program on the UW Twin Registry website.

Enhanced ID cards (EIDs)

Please see Renew your EDL/EID to learn how to renew your enhanced ID card.

See also:

Washington Healthcare Finder
Access Washington