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What documents do I need to go to the DMV?

The Washington Department of Licensing requires applicants to provide proof of identity, residency and Social Security number by submitting the following documents:

Proof of Identity—Under Age 18
• One Stand Alone document
• Two A List documents
• One A List document and two B List documents
• One B List document, including one from the list that has your name, date of birth and your signature
• Complete a Parental Authorization Affidavit

Proof of Identity—Age 18 to 25
• One Stand Alone document
• Two A List documents
• One A List document and two B List documents
• At least 4 B List documents, including one that has your name and date of birth, and one that has your name and signature
• All of the following:

1. One B List document with your name and photo or your parent or legal guardian’s verbal attestation
2. One B List document with your name and date of birth (certified birth certificate, adoption papers, Ward of the Court Decree or Order of Dependency)
3. Your Social Security number or another B List document with your name and signature
4. Your parent or guardian must prove they are your parent or guardian (Certified birth certificate, adoption papers or school transcript with the parent or guardian’s name)

Proof of Identity—Over 25 Years of Age
• One Stand Alone document
• Two A List documents
• One A List document and two B List documents
• At least 4 B List documents, including one that has your name and date of birth, and one that has your name and signature

Proof of Identity—Under Age 18 & Assigned Court Guardians
Your parent or guardian must present all of the following documents
• Documents proving your parent or guardian’s identity (Washington State driver license or U.S. passport)
• Court document assigning guardianship
• One B List document that has your name and date of birth (certified birth certificate, adoption papers, Ward of the Court Decree or Order of Dependency)
• Your Social Security number

Proof of Identity—If Enrolled in Job Corps
• One Stand Alone document
• Two A List documents
• One A List document and two B List documents
• At least 4 B List documents, including one that has your name and date of birth, and one that has your name and signature
• All of the following:

1. Your valid Job Corps ID card
2. Your Social Security number (must be verifiable)
3. One B List document (certified birth certificate, adoption papers, Ward of the Court Decree or Order of Dependency)

Stand Alone Documents
• Washington State driver license, ID card or instruction permit (Valid or expired less than one year with your signature, photo and date of birth).
• Out of state driver license, ID card of instruction permit (if you have a Social Security number). (Valid or expired within 60 days and has your photo).
• U.S. armed services ID card with signature and photo
• Valid U.S. passport with your signature and photo (Emergency passport is not acceptable).
• Valid immigration ID with signature issued by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) with your signature and photo (I-327, I-551 or I-766)
• U.S. Certificate of Citizenship or Naturalization (Must be an original with your signature and photo).
• Valid out of state Enhanced Driver License or Enhanced ID Card issued by a U.S. state other than Washington with your signature, photo and date of birth
• Department of Social and Health Services Children’s Administration (DHS CA) ID letter if you are in:

1. Court ordered foster care with DSHS or
2. Another supervising Washington State agency is your legal custodian, then
3. You may prove your identity with an identification letter from DSHS CA

A List Documents
• Out of state driver license, ID card or instruction permit (if you do not have a Social Security number). (Valid or expired within 60 days and has your photo).
• Driver license from a foreign country (Valid or expired within 60 days, has security features and is verifiable).
• Federal or state employee ID card (Valid with your signature and photo).
• Valid foreign passport stamped U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP) entry form I-94 or I-94W or Temporary I-551 ADIT stamp
• Tribal enrollment ID card (Must be federally-recognized Indian tribal enrollment card or a U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs ID card with your signature and photo).
• Active duty U.S. military ID (Valid with no signature)
• Valid immigration ID with encrypted signature issued by the USCIS
• Original U.S. Certificate of Citizenship or Naturalization
• Work release verification letter from:

1. Washington State Department of Corrections
2. U.S. Federal correction authorities (FDOC)
3. DSHS Children’s Administration (CA) (foster youth only)
4. Western State Hospital (WSH)

• Valid Washington city or county police employee ID card with your signature and photo
• U.S. Passport card with your name and photo

B List Documents
(Must include your name and date of birth)
• Certified birth certificate
• Certified Washington birth registration card
• Valid concealed weapons permit issued by a Washington county
• Consular report of birth abroad
• Court issued adoption papers
• Military DD-214
• U.S. driver license or ID card (invalidated or expired with the past five years)
• U.S. passport (expired within the past five years)
• Valid U.S. visa
• Veteran Administration ID with your name, photo and date of birth
• Ward of the Court Decree or Order of Dependency
• Washington State driver license or ID card (invalidated or expired within the past five years)

Other Acceptable B List Documents
(Must include your name and date of birth, signature, photo or address)
• Divorce decree with your name and signature (filed with the county)
• Driving record from another state issued within the past 30 days
• Foreign passport expired within five years or without an I-94, I-94W or temporary I-551 ADIT stamp
• Foreign driver license expired not more than five years. License must have security features and be verifiable.
• Valid Guatemala Consulate ID card
• Marriage license or certificate (filed with the county)
• Medicare card
• Valid Mexican Matricula Consular ID card
• Mexican Federal Electoral Card issued in 1991 or later
• Mexican school record with a seal and your photo at age when issued
• Mortgage document or mortgage coupon payment book
• Professional license (nurse, physician, engineer, lawyer, etc.)
• Property deed or title (must be filed)
• Property tax bill or statement issued with the last 12 months
• Selective Service Card
• School transcript with your date of birth
• Form I-20 (foreign exchange students only)
• School yearbook (with recognizable photo)
• Social Security card with your signature (must be verifiable)
• Transportation Worker Credential (TWIC)
• U.S. Merchant Mariner’s card (valid or expired within the past five years)
• Vehicle title

Proof of Washington Residency
• Residential utility bill (gas, electric, water, garbage, land-line telephone or ISTA utility bill (Cable, Internet and satellite television bills are not acceptable).
• Document from a college or university with your residential address on file

Off-campus students must bring the printout from the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) database (Must be in a sealed envelope with the college return address, contains your address and has proof it was printed by a Designated School Official or Responsible Officer)

• Washington Department of Corrections (DOC) electronic ID Letter with your current residential address
• Selective Service card with your current residential address
• Vehicle title
• Bank issued documents with your current residential address (issued within the last 30 days with your name and current residential address)

Social Security Number
You must provide your Social Security number. If you do not have a Social Security number, you may sign a declaration form and provide proof of Washington residency.

Foreign documents may need to be translated into English by an approved translator. If your identification documents are not accepted, you may ask to speak with the Driver Licensing Office ID Review Specialist.

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