Proof of U.S. citizenship, identity, Social Security number, and Washington residence for EDL/EID
You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for a Washington enhanced driver license (EDL) or enhanced ID card (EID).
Show us all the following documents:
Acceptable documents must be original or government-certified copies, unless noted otherwise. Get a checklist in English or Español:
We don't accept documents that are:
- Printouts from websites
Proof of U.S. citizenship
Show us 1 of the following:
- Valid U.S. passport book or card (travel.state.gov)
- U.S. Certificate of naturalization (uscis.gov)
- U.S. Certificate of U.S. citizenship (travel.state.gov)
- U.S. Department of State consular report of birth abroad (travel.state.gov)
- Original, certified birth certificate from your U.S. birth place, issued by a city, county, state, or territory (Puerto Rico, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands, or Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands) and have all the following:
- Full name and date of birth
- Place of birth (state with county or city; must be a U.S. location)
- A registrar's raised, embossed, impressed, or multicolored seal
- A control or file number that the issuing authority can confirm
- A registrar's signature
- The date the certificate was filed with the registrar's office
- Only Birth Certificates from Puerto Rico issued on or after July 1, 2010 are accepted
- Washington wallet-sized birth registration cards aren’t accepted
Proof of identity
Show us 1 of the following:
- U.S. Passport book or card - Valid and has your signature and photo.
- Driver license, enhanced driver license, enhanced ID, or state-issued ID card - Valid and has your signature and photo.
- U.S. Military ID - Valid and has your photo.
- Government employee ID - Valid city, federal, or state ID card that has your signature and photo.
- Minors without the above - See Teens and Children.
Proof of name change
Your EDL/EID must be issued with the full legal name as it appears on the citizenship document unless accompanied with proof of name changes.
If the names on your proof of citizenship and proof of identity are different, provide document(s) for each time your name has changed:
- Court order showing your change of name.
- Divorce decree (filed and certified by the court) showing the new name or authorizing a name change.
- Marriage certificate (including same-sex marriage certificate) that has been filed with the county or authorized issuing authority and has the control or file number. Church or wedding chapel forms aren't acceptable. To get a certified copy of a marriage certificate, contact the:
Example 1: You bring your birth certificate showing your birth name as Taylor Kelly Doe and your Washington driver license showing your current name as Taylor Kelly Johnson. You married twice and changed your last name from Doe to Smith, then to Johnson. You need to bring both of your marriage certificates to link your name from Doe to Johnson.
Example 2: You bring your U.S. passport and Washington driver license both showing your current name Taylor Kelly Johnson. You do not need proof of name change.
Proof of Social Security number (SSN)
Show us 1 of the following documents showing the complete SSN. Partial SSNs aren't acceptable.
- Social Security Card
- W-2 Form with visible SSN
- SSA-1099 Form with visible SSN
- Non-SSA-1099 form with visible SSN
- Pay stub with visible SSN (internet printouts ok)
If you change your name, notify the Social Security Administration and wait to receive your new social security card before visiting our office.
How your Social Security number is used
It's used to help enforce child support laws. We'll verify the number with the Social Security Administration. It won't appear on your EDL/EID.
Proof of Washington State residence
If you’re applying for an Enhanced Washington driver license or identification card, you have to show 2 documents with your principal residence address.
- Acceptable documents must:
- Show your current Washington residence address (unless noted below).
- Be unexpired (unless noted below).
- Show your first and last name.
- If you’re married, you can use documents in your spouse's name. You'll need to show your marriage certificate.
- If you are under 26 years old you may use documents in your parent or guardian's name.
- If you're under 18, see Teens and Children for additional requirements.
- If you’re 18 to 25, you’ll need to show proof of relationship (e.g. birth certificate, adoption decree, court issued custody decree, etc.), but your parent or guardian doesn’t need to be present.
- If you are 18 years old or over and are assigned a court guardian due to mental or physical limitations, you may use documents in your court assigned guardian's name.
- You must show the court decree assigning guardianship.
- Your assigned guardian must be with you and have valid proof of their identity.
Show us 2 of the following. You can’t use 2 of the same document (e.g. 2 vehicle registrations), even if you’re using documents under someone else’s name.
- Previously issued WA license, ID card, or permit, that is not expired more than 6 years. If you have been issued a license in another state since your last issuance in WA, this option isn't acceptable.
- Washington vehicle registration or title (a quick title isn't acceptable).
- USPS change of address letter dated within 2 months (must be the mailed version, electronic or manually printed letters aren’t acceptable).
- Home utility or service document (bill, statement, hook-up order, etc.) for Washington address (gas, electric, water, garbage, sewer, landline phone, TV, internet, ISTA) dated within past 2 months.
- Washington voter card.
- Washington school transcript or report card - current or previous school year.
- DSHS benefits letter indicating unexpired benefits (medical, food, etc.).
- Tribal ID.
- Proof of home ownership (mortgage documents, property tax documents, deed, title, etc.).
- Selective Service Card.
- Business mail from a state, federal, tribal, county, or city government entity dated within 2 months.
- Concealed weapons permit from a WA county (license to carry concealed pistol).
- Homeowner's or renter's insurance policy – unexpired, or bill dated within 2 months.
- Auto insurance policy, declarations page, or binder (unexpired), or bill dated within 2 months.
- Consulate ID card or Mexican Federal Electoral card.
- Pay check or pay stub with the employer's name and phone number or address - dated within 2 months.
- Washington professional license (nursing, physician, engineer, pilot, etc.).
- W-2 form from an employer or form 1099 from the previous year.
- Moorage document (bill within 2 months or unexpired contract, etc.).
- Letter attesting residence in alternate housing (e.g. assisted living, college campus, mission, senior housing, shelter, or retirement home) on company letter head with a phone number that could be used in verification of the facility.
- US military document issued within 1 year.
- Certified Washington marriage certificate.
- Form DS-2019
Teens and children
If you are under 18 years old, your parent or legal guardian must:
- Come with you to the licensing office.
- Sign the application.
- Show us proof of their identity.
- Show us proof of their relationship to you:
- Certified birth certificate.
- Certified adoption document.
- Court order naming the guardian and specifically authorizing the issuance of an EID.
If your parent or guardian’s current name differs from the name on the proof of relationship document, bring proof of name change.
Identification document review
If we can't accept your identification documents, you may request an additional document review by speaking with the driver licensing office ID Review Specialist. If the specialist is unable to determine positive identification, we may refer your documents for further evaluation.
Your card will include a photo showing a full front view of your face.
Before we take your photo, we'll ask you to remove anything that covers your face or head (like a hat or sunglasses) so your photo will be acceptable for biometric identification. If you choose not to remove it, you won't be eligible to receive an EDL/EID.
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