A Washington State Identification Card, often referred to as a Washington ID, is a government-issued identification document issued by the Washington State Department of Licensing (DOL). It serves as an official proof of identity, age, and residency for individuals who do not hold a Washington State driver's license. Here is some basic information about Washington Id:

Eligibility: To be eligible for a Washington ID, you must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be a resident of Washington State.
  2. Not hold a valid Washington State driver's license.
  3. Not have a revoked or suspended Washington State driver's license.

Key Features:

  • A Washington ID includes your full legal name, date of birth, photograph, signature, and a unique identification number.
  • The card is typically valid for six years for individuals under 65 years of age and for five years for those 65 and older.
  • It does not grant driving privileges. It is solely for identification purposes.

Application Process: To obtain a Washington ID, follow these general steps:

  1. Gather Required Documents: Prepare documents to prove your identity, Social Security number (SSN), and Washington residency. Acceptable documents include a U.S. birth certificate, U.S. passport, Social Security card, utility bills, or rental agreements.

  2. Visit a Licensing Office: Locate a Washington State DOL licensing office near you. You must apply for a Washington ID in person. Appointments are often recommended.

  3. Complete Application Form: Fill out the Washington State Identification Card Application (Form DOL 422-043) available at the licensing office or online.

  4. Provide Biometric Data: You will have your photograph taken and provide your signature.

  5. Pay the Fee: Pay the required fee for the Washington ID. Fees may vary based on factors like your age and the duration for which the ID is valid. Payment methods usually include cash, check, credit card, or debit card.

  6. Wait for Processing: After completing the application process, you will receive a temporary paper ID to use until your permanent card is processed and mailed to your address.

Renewal: You can renew your Washington ID in person or online, provided that your ID has not expired for more than six months. Renewal fees will apply.

Lost or Stolen ID: If your Washington ID is lost or stolen, report it to the Washington State DOL to prevent potential misuse. You can apply for a replacement ID card for an additional fee.

REAL ID Option: Washington State offers REAL ID-compliant identification cards, which meet federal security standards and are required for certain federal purposes, such as boarding domestic flights. To obtain a REAL ID-compliant card, you will need to provide additional documentation, including proof of identity, SSN, and residency.

Always check the official Washington State DOL website or contact a local DOL licensing office for the most up-to-date information, including specific documentation requirements and fees, as they may change over time.

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