Starting July 1, the Washington Department of Licensing will begin marking all standard driver licenses and ID cards with “federal limits apply” in an effort to comply with the federal Real ID act.
By October 1, 2020, standard driver licenses and ID cards will no longer be accepted as a form of identification for domestic flights or for entering some federal facilities, to include military bases and nuclear power plants. The DOL’s enhanced licenses and ID cards are Real ID compliant and are accepted — passports, permanent resident cards, and military IDs are also valid forms of identification for travel.
Obtaining an enhanced driver license or ID card is voluntary, and the standard cards will still be valid for driving, applying or receiving federal benefits, and entering a federal facility that does not require an ID, such as a post office.
“There is plenty of time to educate yourself on all options and choose the identification that works best for you,” Pat Kohler, DOL director, said in a statement. “Our ID2020 campaign was created to help educate Washington residents about the Real ID Act requirements and their options for Real ID compliant documents if they plan to travel within the United States.”
Washington and 16 other states were given a yearlong extension — until Oct. 10, 2018 — to enforce the Real ID requirements, a law that was passed after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack. The law is meant to strengthen security and the identifications will be issued to people who have proven they are in the U.S. legally.
Take a DOL quiz to help you find out what identification is right for you, here.