Thursday, November 24 2022

If you like to “pinch the pennies”, you might want to upgrade or renew your enhanced driver’s license or ID card. That’s because the fee for such ID in Washington State will increase by $3 per year starting October 1.

A six-year license/ID will cost $18 more and an eight-year version will cost $24 more. The fee increase is the result of legislative action to fund Move Ahead Washington, the nearly $17 billion transportation program signed into law earlier this year. As part of the same law, other fee increases – such as those for original license plates – came into effect on July 1, 2022.

The upcoming increase in Enhanced Document Fees isn’t the only reason to act now to get one. This time next year, a standard driver’s license or ID will not get you through airport security. If you plan to fly you will need to upgrade to an upgraded license/ID or consider one of the many other options.

Washington residents looking for an upgraded license/ID card are urged to hurry. As demand increases, it may become more difficult to find an appointment at the nearest driver’s license office. The earliest available to you may be weeks away, and October is right around the corner.

The fee increase applies to renewals. If your license/enhanced ID is due for renewal within the next year, you can renew before October and save.

Other fee increases effective October 1, 2022

In addition to the improved license/ID fees, a few other increases take effect in October.

Absorbed Alternate Senate Bill 5974 also raises:

Driver’s Abstract Fee: A Driver’s Abstract is a summary of a person’s driving record. It is often used by employers or potential employers, data brokers, voluntary organizations, insurance companies, alcohol and drug assessment or treatment agencies, or other entities. The cost will increase from $13 to $15 on October 1, 2022, then to $17 on July 1, 2029.

Driver’s license photo and update fee only: This covers a replacement license or ID card to correct or update information, such as getting a new photo or updating your driver’s license. ‘an address. The cost will increase from $10 to $20 starting October 1, 2022.


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