Proof of citizenship, identity, Social Security number, and residence: EDL/EID

The enhanced driver license (EDL) and enhanced ID card (EID) are compliant with the REAL ID Act. For more information see: Washington State has met all requirements to comply with REAL ID Act (

When you apply for a Washington enhanced driver license (EDL) or enhanced ID card (EID):

Show us all the following documents:

For a checklist, see What documents do I need to get my EDL/EID?

To find out how to apply, see Get your EDL/EID.

Proof of citizenship

You must be a citizen of the United States.

Acceptable documents

We only accept original documents or government-certified copies.

We don't accept documents that are:

  • Photocopies
  • Printouts from websites
  • Temporary
  • Uncertified
  • Notarized
  • Altered

What you'll need

To prove you’re a citizen of the United States, show us 1 of the following:

* Birth certificates from Puerto Rico issued before July 1, 2010

  • We can't accept birth certificates from Puerto Rico issued before July 1, 2010.
  • We will accept birth certificates as proof of Puerto Rican citizenship issued on or after July 1, 2010.
  • If yours was issued before July 1, 2010, you can get a new copy from the Government of Puerto Rico E-Government Site (

Proof of identity

What you'll need

To prove identity, you must show us 1 of the following:

  • U.S. Passport - 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 with photo.
  • Government employee ID - Valid city, federal, or state ID card that has your signature and photo.

Teens and children

If you are under 18 years old, your parent or legal guardian must:

  1. Come with you to the licensing office.
  2. Sign the application.
  3. Show us all the following:
    • At least 1 document to prove his or her identity.
    • 1 other document to prove they're your parent or legal guardian.
      • Certified birth certificate. Wallet-sized birth certificate cards aren't accepted.
      • Certified adoption document.
      • Court order naming the guardian specifically authorizing the issuance of an EID.

    We'll need more documents if your:

    • Parent or legal guardian's proof of identification is an out-of-state driver license.
    • Last name is different than your parent's or legal guardian's.

Customers age 18 to 25 may provide documents in their parent or guardian's name.

  • Proof of relationship is required (e.g. birth certificate, adoption decree, court issued custody decree, etc.), but the parent or guardian doesn't need to be present for the applicant to meet residence requirements using their parent or guardian's documents.

Customers age 18 and over that are assigned court guardians due to mental or physical limitations may provide options in their court assigned guardian's name.

  • The court decree assigning guardianship is required.
  • The assigned guardian must be present.

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.

Proof of Washington State residence

When you apply for a Washington enhanced driver license (EDL) or enhanced ID card (EID), you must prove you have a Washington State residential address. The street address you give us will appear on your EDL/EID.

Acceptable documents

Documents must include your residential address. Two of the same documents can't be used (e.g. 2 vehicle registrations). Spouse's documents are acceptable with a certified marriage certificate.

If you are under 18 years old and your parent or guardian shows us proof of your identity and relationship, you may use their residential address as proof of residence. Your parent or guardian must live in Washington State and show us acceptable documents proving his or her identity and residence.

To prove you live in Washington State show us 2 documents from this list:

  • A WA license, ID card, or IP, not expired more than 6 years.
  • USPS change of address letter dated within 2 months.
  • WA vehicle, vessel or utility trailer registration (not a temporary vehicle registration) – unexpired.
  • WA vehicle, vessel, utility trailer, or mobile home title (not a super service title with a tamper proof tape over the VIN and title number).
  • Cell phone bill dated within 2 months. Internet printouts ok.
  • Electricity bill dated within 2 months. Internet printouts ok.
  • Gas bill dated within 2 months. Internet printouts ok.
  • Water/Sewer bill dated within 2 months. Internet printouts ok.
  • Garbage/recycling bill dated within 2 months. Internet printouts ok.
  • Landline telephone dated within 2 months. Internet printouts ok.
  • Television bill (cable or satellite) dated within 2 months. Internet printouts ok.
  • Internet bill dated within 2 months. Internet printouts ok.
  • Washington school transcript or report card - current or previous school year.
  • DSHS benefits letter indicating unexpired benefits (medical, food, etc.)s
  • Tribal ID – unexpired.
  • Proof of home ownership (mortgage documents, property tax documents, deed, title, online parcel viewer, etc.)
  • Washington voter card.
  • Selective Service card.
  • Business mail from a federal or state agency, or a tribal, county, or city government entity dated within 2 months.
  • Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) letter from Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
  • Concealed weapons permit (license to carry concealed pistol) – unexpired.
  • Home owners insurance policy – unexpired (not renters).
  • Auto insurance policy – unexpired, or bill dated within 2 months.
  • Consulate ID card– unexpired.
  • Pay check or pay stub that also includes the employer's name and phone number or address - dated within 2 months.
  • Professional license (nursing, physician, engineer, pilot, etc.) – unexpired and issued by Washington State or federal entity.
  • W-2 form from an employer or 1099 issued from the previous year.
  • Moorage document (bill or contract) showing that you live aboard a boat – unexpired.
  • Senior housing, retirement home or assisted living facilities on company letter head with a phone number.
  • US military document issued within 1 year.
  • Marriage certificate – certified and issued from a government entity within 1 year.
  • Parent or guardian's valid WA DL or WAID for minors.

Proof of name change

If you have a valid driver license or ID card that displays your previous name, and you want an EDL/EID displaying your current name, you must show us 1 of the following:

  • 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 a control or file number and has been filed with the county or authorized issuing authority. Church or wedding chapel forms aren't acceptable. To get a certified copy of a marriage certificate:
    • From the last 4 months, contact the county auditor where the license was filed.
    • From January 1, 1968 to 4 months ago, order through the Center for Health Statistics.
    • From before January 1, 1968, contact the county auditor where you got the license.

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.

Social Security number

Provide proof of a Social Security number ( (SSN) by providing 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

If you change your name, notify the Social Security administration 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.


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 and we'll refund your fee.

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