If you want to fly domestically, you'll have to upgrade your Washington driver’s license to be REAL ID-compliant by May 3rd, 2023.
Your driver’s license certifies your ability to drive, but it’s also one of the most important means of identifying yourself in a way that complies with official government standards. In 2023, those standards will change and you’ll have to apply for a new, enhanced form of your Washington driver’s license that complies with REAL ID regulations.
In essence, a REAL ID is any piece of identification that meets the criteria laid out in the Act. The Washington versions of a REAL ID are the enhanced driver’s license (EDL) and enhanced identification card (EID). Besides letting you board domestic flights, the EDL and EID can be used in place of a passport to re-enter the US from countries like Canada, Mexico, and Bermuda.
REAL ID is required for a number of official purposes decided by the Secretary of Homeland Security. They include:
Your daily life might not take you into many powerplants or restricted federal facilities, but you might find it inconvenient if you can’t board a flight to take you across the country. As of May 3rd, 2023, the TSA will begin checking for a Washington REAL ID-compliant form of identification before allowing you to board.
How to get a Washington REAL ID
The requirements to obtain a REAL ID from the Department of Licensing (DOL) in Washington are as follows:
Receiving a REAL ID-compliant Washington enhanced driver’s license (EDL) or enhanced identification card (EID) as your very first piece of official ID costs $78. If upgrading from a standard driver’s license to an EDL, there’s a $54 renewal fee, plus $4 for every year of validity left on your standard driver’s license.
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You’ll need a REAL-ID to fly, but if you’d like to make it a road trip, then a full gas tank and car insurance are all you need. And just because the state says you must buy a minimum amount of coverage doesn’t mean you have to pay a lot!
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