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Applying for a Driver’s License with no Social Security Number

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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

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Should I read this?

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.

What proof do I need?

*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:

    • Your address.

    • 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:

    • Account statement.

    • Credit card statement.

    • Mortgage 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.”

I get public assistance. I cannot afford a driver's license. What can I do?

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.

What if I have questions?

Call CLEAR at 1-888-201-1014 between 9:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m., weekdays, to speak with a lawyer or legal assistant and get advice and/or referral for more help OR contact one of our local offices:

NORTHWEST JUSTICE PROJECT
Wenatchee: 1-888-201-1021
Yakima:     1-888-201-1018

COLUMBIA LEGAL SERVICES
Wenatchee:  1-800-572-9615
Yakima:     1-800-631-1323
Kennewick: 1-888-201-9735

 

 

 


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.

© 2017 Northwest Justice Project — 1-888-201-1014.

(Permission for copying and distribution granted to the Alliance for Equal Justice and to individuals for non-commercial purposes only.)

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Last Review and Update: Aug 07, 2017
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