Top 20 Places You Could Travel to with a Washington Enhanced ID
If you have been itching to get out of town, perhaps even traveling outside of Washington state, did you know that if you have your Enhanced ID/Enhanced Driver's License you can travel to twenty places without having to get a passport or passport card? **NOTE: This travel benefit only applies if you are traveling by land or by sea! Native Americans can present tribal documents (get more info here).
I had heard that you can upgrade your regular Washington state driver's license for just 20 bucks, so I made my appointment online at the Department of Licensing office in Union Gap (2725 Rudkin Rd) and waited my turn in line. I had already filled out my initial application on the DOL website so all I had to do was bring along my Social Security Card and a copy of my birth certificate. It didn't take very long; I would say the whole process once I got to the DMV was no more than 30 minutes, if that. Not bad for a $20 upgrade!
The coolest part of the experience was once my picture was taken for my new enhanced ID, the clerk told me that I was now allowed to travel to Canada and Mexico with my new license! I did some research later and found out that we can also travel to United States Territories and a few spots in the Caribbean as well! Certain restrictions apply including some COVID-19-related precautions.
Where can you travel with an Enhanced ID?
- Domestically within the United States
- American Samoa
- Baker Island
- Howland Island
- Jarvis Island
- Johnston Atoll
- Kingman Reef
- Midway Islands
- Navassa Island
- Northern Mariana Islands
- Palmyra Atoll
- Puerto Rico
- US Virgin Islands (St. Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas)
- Wake Island
- The Caribbean
**REMEMBER: You can use your Enhanced ID to travel by land and sea, but NOT by plane. For any kind of international air travel, you will need to secure either a NEXUS card (where applicable), a passport card, or a passport book.
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