Driver's License

State ID and Driver's License

Many students acquire a driver's license or an identification card during their time studying in the U.S. For those who are able to get the driver license, they can drive anywhere in the country and use it for their official identification (ex: domestic travel, proving your age, banking). The ID card only works as identification and does not enable people to drive. 

UPDATE: As of October 1, 2020, the Real ID Law goes into effect in Washington. This law will require that individuals flying within the United States or entering certain federal buildings use a form of identification more secure than a Washington State Driver's License or State ID. Acceptable forms of identification include:

  • Permanent Resident Card (Green Card)
  • U.S. Military ID
  • U.S. or Foreign Passport
  • Enhanced Driver License (EDL)
  • Enhanced Identification Card (EID)

For more information, please visit this website: 

Applying for your ID or Driver License

Go to the Washington DOL Website to find out where you can obtain your ID as well as obtaining directions on how to apply. 

Please note that there are a couple documents you will most likely need for your application:

  • Passport with valid visa
  • I-94 number
  • Form I-20 or DS-2019
  • SEVIS Information page verifying your address, student status, SEVIS ID (from ISC)

Requesting a letter and SEVIS information page from the ISC

  • Download, print, and fill out this Letter Request Form.
  • Update your information at SUOnline:
    • Verify your class registration
      • Are you registered for full time?
      • If applicable, are you approved for a reduced course load (RCL)?
    • Verify your major
      • Did you change majors without informing us?
      • Does SU have your correct major listed?
      • Does your major match your I-20?

If all of your information is correct and we can verify this on your SEVIS record, your letter will be available for pickup at the ISC Front Desk within 3-5 days. You will get an email from your advisor at your SU email saying your letter is ready.