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Washington Revised Code Title 46. Motor Vehicles § 46.20.117. Identicards (Effective January 1, 2022)

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<See Proclamations by the Governor 20-15 (2019 WA EO P20-15), issued March 16, 2020, 20-15.1 (2019 WA EO P20-15.1), issued April 23, 2020, 20-15.2 (2019 WA EO P20-15.2), issued May 5, 2020, 20-15.3 (2019 WA EO P20-15.3), issued May 29, 2020, 20-15.4 (2019 WA EO P20-15.4), issued June 18, 2020, 20-15.5 (2019 WA EO P20-15.5), issued July 2, 2020, 20-15.6 (2019 WA EO P20-15.6), issued July 31, 2020, 20-15.7 (2019 WA EO P20-15.7), issued September 2, 2020, 20-15.8 (2019 WA EO P20-15.8), issued October 2, 2020, 20-15.9 (2019 WA EO P20-15.9), issued November 10, 2020, 20-15.10 (2019 WA EO P20-15.10), issued December 8, 2020, and 20-15.11 (2021 WA EO P20-15.11), issued January 19, 2021, related to the COVID-19 State of Emergency, for suspension of provisions of this section.>

(1) Issuance.  The department shall issue an identicard, containing a picture, if the applicant:

(a) Does not hold a valid Washington driver's license;

(b) Proves the applicant's identity as required by RCW 46.20.035;  and

(c) Pays the required fee.  Except as provided in subsection (7) of this section, the fee is seventy-two dollars, unless an applicant is:

(i) A recipient of continuing public assistance grants under Title 74 RCW, who is referred in writing by the secretary of social and health services or by the secretary of children, youth, and families;

(ii) Under the age of twenty-five and does not have a permanent residence address as determined by the department by rule;  or

(iii) An individual who is scheduled to be released from an institution as defined in RCW 13.40.020, a community facility as defined in RCW 72.05.020, or other juvenile rehabilitation facility operated by the department of social and health services or the department of children, youth, and families;  or an individual who has been released from such an institution or facility within thirty calendar days before the date of the application.

For those persons under (c)(i) through (iii) of this subsection, the fee must be the actual cost of production of the identicard.

(2)(a) Design and term.  The identicard must:

(i) Be distinctly designed so that it will not be confused with the official driver's license;  and

(ii) Except as provided in subsection (7) of this section, expire on the eighth anniversary of the applicant's birthdate after issuance.

(b) The identicard may include the person's status as a veteran, consistent with RCW 46.20.161(4).

(c) If applicable, the identicard may include a medical alert designation as provided in subsection (5) of this section.

(3) Renewal.  An application for identicard renewal may be submitted by means of:

(a) Personal appearance before the department;

(b) Mail or electronic commerce, if permitted by rule of the department and if the applicant did not renew the identicard by mail or by electronic commerce when it last expired;  or

(c) From January 1, 2022, to June 30, 2024, electronic commerce, if permitted by rule of the department.

An identicard may not be renewed by mail or by electronic commerce unless the renewal issued by the department includes a photograph of the identicard holder.

(4) Cancellation.  The department may cancel an identicard if the holder of the identicard used the card or allowed others to use the card in violation of RCW 46.20.0921.

(5) Any person may apply to the department to obtain a medical alert designation, a developmental disability designation, or a deafness designation on an identicard issued under this chapter by providing:

(a) Self-attestation that the individual:

(i) Has a medical condition that could affect communication or account for a health emergency;

(ii) Is deaf or hard of hearing;  or

(iii) Has a developmental disability as defined in RCW 71A.10.020;

(b) A statement from the person that they have voluntarily provided the self-attestation and other information verifying the condition;  and

(c) For persons under eighteen years of age or who have a developmental disability, the signature of a parent or legal guardian.

(6) A self-attestation or data contained in a self-attestation provided under this section:

(a) Shall not be disclosed;  and

(b) Is for the confidential use of the director, the chief of the Washington state patrol, and law enforcement and emergency medical service providers as designated by law.

(7) Alternative issuance/renewal/extension.  The department may issue or renew an identicard for a period other than eight years, or may extend by mail or electronic commerce an identicard that has already been issued.  The fee for an identicard issued or renewed for a period other than eight years, or that has been extended by mail or electronic commerce, is nine dollars for each year that the identicard is issued, renewed, or extended.  The department must offer the option to issue or renew an identicard for six years in addition to the eight year issuance.  The department may adopt any rules as are necessary to carry out this subsection.

(8) Identicard photos must be updated in the same manner as driver's license photos under RCW 46.20.120(5).

Cite this article: - Washington Revised Code Title 46. Motor Vehicles § 46.20.117. Identicards (Effective January 1, 2022) - last updated April 06, 2022 |

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