Getting an enhanced license can be done at any time but requires an appearance at a licensing exam office. By-Mail Driver's License Renewal If you've received a renewal notice, you can renew your Washington driver's license by mail. The licenses also include more subtle security features, said U. The enhanced driver license benefits allow holders to travel to the United States without a passport, drive your motor vehicle within the states and use it for official identification purposes. They provide travelers with a low-cost, convenient alternative for entering the United States from Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean through a land or sea port of entry, in addition to serving as a permit to drive. Alternative to Canadian Passport The Department has worked with Canadian provincial and federal officials to pursue enhanced drivers licenses as an alternative to the Canadian passport.
If you pay by debit or credit card, you will be charged an additional convenience fee. When choosing whether or not to obtain an enhanced credential, evaluate your current and future needs of owning a document that will allow you to drive legally and return to the U. Although driver education is not required for individuals 18 and older, it is highly recommended. The states of Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Vermont and Washington State are currently the only states issuing these enhanced drivers licenses. You will need to provide documents such as utility bills, mortgage documents, and a Washington State voter card.
Accepted documents fall into different categories—stand-alone, A-list, and B-list documents. Because your residence address is on your driver license, make sure it's updated. Pre-Apply Online To save time at the driver licensing office, you can. After the deadline, only passengers with an enhanced license, passport or other acceptable identification will be allowed to board aircraft. If you go, you might check the requirements for identification beforehand.
A month later Gregoire sounded out U. Thus, your passport card acts as approved identification at border communities—for example, when you travel by land or sea crossings between the U. The best way to find out if your state offers an enhanced driver's license and get the state-specific application process and fees is to check your state within our section or directly. The Department has been working with states to enhance their drivers licenses and identification documents to comply with travel rules under the , effective June 1, 2009. Valid Driver's License If you hold a valid drivers license, you can renew it in person up to 1 year before the expiration date. The documents you need to bring will depend on your age. All applicants will be asked to show proof of identification, residency and possibly lawful residency in the U.
Restricted driver licenses Learn about the license that allows you to drive vehicles with an ignition interlock device while your license is suspended for a drug or alcohol-related offense. To check the offices online, go to. Your card will be mailed to you within 4 weeks. Regular licenses are also being kept for people who want a lower-cost option for licensing and identification. The usual validity of the Enhanced License is the usual validity of your regular Driver's license. Pay the necessary fees by cash, check, money order, or major credit cards. An additional driving license renewal fee will be charged to those drivers who have received an automatic extension when they submit their renewal request.
Currently, the federal government has Washington under a deadline of Jan. In Northern states, where business and tourism draw many people to and from Canada every day, the new requirements threaten to make the greatest impact. By Mail Certain motorists are eligible to renew their drivers licenses by mail. Generally, expedited passport cards are available within 4 to 6 weeks of application; however, you might be able to get it sooner if you can prove an urgent need. However, those licenses by 2020 will have to include a disclaimer saying they are not valid for federal purposes, or similar language. The deadline for the proof-of-citizenship requirement has been pushed back repeatedly in recent years, with passport offices around the country struggling to keep up with spiking demand for new passports.
State Department's for additional information regarding special requirements for minors of various ages, applying outside of the U. The state is rolling out new licenses this summer with enhanced security features to protect against identity theft. Enhanced drivers licenses make it easier for U. Hours except Important notes Monday Closed Tuesday 8:30 a. Applying for an Enhanced Driver's License Unfortunately, not all U. To minimize your wait time and to avoid delays, be sure to attach the correct paperwork to your renewal form. This license cannot be used for air travel in any of the above mentioned countries.
You cannot change your name online or by mail. The following information will help you through your application. Expedited Passport Cards Expedited passport cards are available in person or by mail see application instructions above ; you are able to notify the U. Customs and Border Protection computers. The state will rollout the new cards over the next several months, beginning at its licensing office in Shelton. If you are planning on traveling internationally, you will need to obtain a U.
Your driver's license will still expire on your birthday. Without an appointment, drivers should expect to wait in line to submit their application. Complete the application and upload the necessary supporting information. In Person To change your address in person, visit any. You will be required to submit several types of documents proving your eligibility and pay a higher-than-standard fee. This makes a travelers life easier than the usual checkpoints of the immigration border officials.