SHB 2607

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C 124 L 20

Synopsis as Enacted

Brief Description: Assisting homeless individuals in obtaining Washington state identicards.

Sponsors: House Committee on Human Services & Early Learning (originally sponsored by Representatives Callan, Corry, Caldier, Eslick, Orwall, Entenman, Davis, Shewmake, Lekanoff, Thai, Chapman, Steele, Fey, Chopp, Robinson, Bergquist, Senn, Cody, Doglio, Goodman, Leavitt, Ramel, Santos, Ormsby, Pollet, Kloba and Macri).

House Committee on Human Services & Early Learning

House Committee on Transportation

Senate Committee on Transportation



The Department of Licensing (DOL) issues identification cards known as identicards. Identicards expire on the sixth anniversary of the applicant's birthdate after issuance, at which time they may be renewed. The DOL must issue an identicard to any applicant who:

The cost for an identicard may be reduced to the cost of production if the applicant:

Proof of Identity.

Generally, to meet the proof of identity requirement when applying for an identicard, an applicant must display or provide the DOL with at least one of the following pieces of valid identifying documentation that contains the signature and photograph of the applicant:

A minor applicant may prove his or her identity by providing an affidavit of the applicant's parent or guardian where the parent or guardian displays or provides at least one piece of identifying documentation along with additional documentation establishing the relationship between the parent or guardian and the applicant.

The DOL may request supplemental identifying documentation, or may undertake an investigation to verify the validity of any documentation presented, in order to ascertain identity.

An applicant who is unable to present the identifying documentation listed above may request that other identifying documentation be considered by the DOL in order to ascertain identity. The DOL may waive the requirement for a piece of valid identifying documentation listed above if the applicant presents sufficient valid supporting documents found by the DOL to clearly establish the identity of the applicant.

The DOL has found the following pieces of alternative documentation to be sufficient to clearly establish identity:

If a licensing services representative assisting the applicant is unable to ascertain identity from the documents presented, the applicant must be referred to an in-office document reviewer for further assistance. The in-office document reviewer must then evaluate the applicant's documentation in order to determine whether identity can be clearly established. If the in-office document review cannot clearly establish an applicant's identity, and if requested by an applicant, a senior technician for the region in which the applicant is making application must evaluate the applicant's documentation in order to determine whether identity can be clearly established. If requested by the applicant, the senior technician must refer the applicant to the DOL headquarters staff for final determination whether identity may be clearly established.

To establish proof of identity and residency for foster youth seeking an identicard, the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) may submit to the DOL:


Individuals without a permanent residence address up to age 25, instead of age 18, qualify for an identicard at the cost of production instead of $54.

The DCYF must assist licensed or contracted providers in following a process for submitting identicard application materials for individuals qualifying for a reduced cost identicard based on being under age 25 and not having a permanent residence address.

The DCYF must compile information received from the entities listed above and submit this information to the DOL.

The DOL must develop, in consultation with the DCYF, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, and the Office of Homeless Youth Prevention and Protection Programs (OHY), other forms of identification that may be common for individuals qualifying for an identicard under age 25 that meet the alternative documentation requirements of the DOL.

The DOL must accept identicard materials directly from:

Votes on Final Passage:








June 11, 2020