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Washington gets REAL ID extension through October 2018

Washington has gotten an extension from enforcement of REAL ID
requirements for state driver’s licenses and ID cards.
Credit: Ted S. Warren, AP.

– “Maybe you should go ahead and get that enhanced license or passport”
Washington state has just received a year-long extension for when it needs to comply with the federal REAL ID Act.

The law requires state driver’s licenses and identification cards to have security enhancements and be issued to those who can prove they’re legal U.S. citizens.

Washington, as have several other states, has been given repeat extensions so it complies with the law, including by offering driver’s licenses with security enhancements.

The latest extension, issued Wednesday [Oct. 18], runs through Oct. 10, 2018. Federal enforcement begin will Oct. 1, 2020.”

“‘This extension gives Washington residents about three more years to decide if they will need a new type of identification,’ Pat Kohler, director of the state Department of Licensing, said Wednesday [Oct. 18] in an agency blog post.

That’s good news if you don’t have an enhanced driver’s license, a passport or another type of identification that qualifies.

But eventually you’re going to need to be REAL ID compliant, one way or another,” by By Debbie Cockrell, Tacoma News Tribune.
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Posted by Steve on October 29, 2017 at 12:01 am | Permalink

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