When transferring from another state an applicant must have at least a current or recently expired (60 days or less), license, identification card, or instruction permit from their previous state and 2 additional documents for identification. Most federally issued documents with photo and signature are accepted without additional documentation. If further documentation is required, Washington Driver’s License Offices have a brochure to assist in the identification process.
License includes a color photograph.
License does not include a Social Security number or social insurance number but a Social Security number is required on application. Individuals who have never been issued a Social Security number can still apply for a license or identification card, but will be required to provide proof of residence in Washington state.
New residents must obtain a valid Washington driver’s license within 30 days from the date they become residents. To qualify for a Washington driver’s license, a person must surrender to the DOL all valid driver’s licenses that any other jurisdiction has issued to him or her.
The parent or guardian of a minor applicant must show proof of identity and proof of relationship to the applicant. When last names are different, additional documents that show the link between the minor and the parent will be required.
All applicants for a driver’s license or instruction permit must provide their name of record and date of birth as established by 1 of the required identification documents; their sex; their Washington residence address; their description; and their driving licensing history.
A student who maintains his or her legal home of record at a location outside Washington state, or the spouse or dependent of the student, who is at least 16 years of age, is exempt from holding a Washington driver’s license. The student must be enrolled as a full-time non-resident student at an accredited institution of higher learning in Washington.