Applying for a Driver’s License with no Social Security Number
Authored By: Northwest Justice Project - CLEAR Intake Line
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Washington State Department of Licensing (DOL) has a policy about residency documents that you will need to show if you are applying for a driver's license or ID card. This publication tells you what documents you need. #9349EN
- Should I read this?
- What proof do I need?
- I get public assistance. I cannot afford a driver's license. What can I do?
- What if I have questions?
Yes, to find out what proof you must show the Washington State Department of Licensing (DOL) if you are applying for a driver’s license or ID card AND you do not have a Social Security number.
*If you do give a Social Security number, the DOL double-checks it with the Social Security Administration.
*The DOL will double-check your proof.
*Your proof must include your name and current Washington home address.
Bring one of these:
Utility bill (gas, electric, water, garbage, landline phone, or ISTA). Do not bring cable, internet or satellite TV bills.
A college or university document that has your current home address on file.
Off-campus students: Bring the printout from the SEVIS database that has all of these:
In a sealed envelope with the college’s return address.
Proof it came from the “Designated School Official” or “Responsible Officer.”
A WA Department of Corrections (DOC) electronic ID Letter with your current home address.
Your Washington vehicle registration and one of these: your
Auto insurance policy OR
Vehicle insurance card.
Selective Service card with your current home address.
Vehicle title (not a super service title with a tamper-proof tape over the VIN and Title number).
Bank-issued documents for the last 30 days that have your current home address, such as:
Credit card statement.
*DOL also asks you to prove your identity when applying for a license. Identity Documents for Washington Drivers’ Licenses has more info.
*If you cannot prove your identity but can prove where you live, you may get a license marked “not valid for identification.”
Ask your DSHS caseworker to fill out form 16-029 “Request for Identicard”. It is at the end of this publication OR ask your caseworker for the form. Take the completed form to DOL to get a Washington State ID card for five dollars.
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This publication provides general information concerning your rights and responsibilities. It is not intended as a substitute for specific legal advice.
This information is current as of August 2017.
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