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Please note: A working email account is required to register in MERIT and submit applications on-line.
If you have ever been assigned a STARS ID (even prior to MERIT), you have a professional record in MERIT and your STARS ID is still valid. Please use the instructions below to learn how to access your professional record.
Finding your username for MERIT:
  • Your username will always be your STARS ID OR the primary email address used in your MERIT record. It will be one or the other, not both.
  • In the Early Care & Education and School-age Professional search, use your name and/or date of birth to find your STARS ID.
  • If you do not find a STARS ID number assigned to you through the ECE/SA search, or you do not know which email is recorded in your MERIT profile, please Contact MERIT Support Services.
Finding your password for MERIT:
  • Be sure to keep your password in a place you can reference in case you forget it. Also include the password hint question and answer, as you will need this information to reset your own password.
  • If you have forgotten your password, click here to reset your password, or click "Forgot Your Password?" on the right-hand side of this screen. You will be asked a password hint question and answer, and then receive a temporary password in an email from merit@del.wa.gov.
  • If you do not receive your temporary password:
    • Be sure to add merit@del.wa.gov to your safe sender or contacts list, and check your “spam” or “junk” folder should the temporary password email not appear in your inbox. The temporary password generated by the MERIT system contains a generic combination of characters, numeric characters, and special characters.  Due to this some email hosts, regardless of the outgoing address, are automatically sent to a “junk” or “spam” folder, rather than your inbox.
    • It may be that the record in MERIT does not have a valid email address. Please Contact MERIT Support Services to request an email update and to have your password reset.