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President Donald Trump said Monday that he is pushing back the deadline for when Americans will be required to have the new Real ID credential to board domestic flights.
An estimated 99 million Americans do not have any form of Real ID compliant documents which will be required to fly domestically after Oct. 1, 2020. “There's a great deal of misunderstanding and potential confusion out there with regard to whether or not someone has a Real ID compliant driver's license or a number of the other Real ID compliant documents that they could use for air travel,” said Larry Krauter, CEO of Spokane International Airport.
Washington state is now in full compliance with federal requirements for state driver’s licenses and ID cards.
Standard driver’s licenses and state identification cards will change on July 1 as state moves to comply with the federal Real ID law.
Washington is among 17 states that have been granted a yearlong extension from the enforcement of federal requirements for state driver’s licenses and ID cards, state officials said Wednesday.
The more than two dozen states and U.S. territories that currently have a temporary extension from the enforcement of federal requirements for state driver’s licenses and ID cards are now under a grace period through Jan. 22 as the federal government continues its review of states’ progress, Washington state officials said Tuesday.
Almost every morning in recent weeks, the line outside the Spokane Driver Licensing Office stretches all the way to the back of the building as people wait for the doors to open.
Washington state has been granted another temporary extension from the enforcement of federal requirements for state driver’s licenses and ID cards.
Oregon lawmakers have advanced a proposal that would allow the state to issue state driver’s licenses and identification cards in compliance with federal standards borne after the 9/11 attacks beginning in the next three years.
Even though Washington state officials asked for an extension from compliance from enforcement of federal requirements for state driver’s licenses and ID cards through October 2020, they said Tuesday federal officials have informed them that at this point their extension will only be granted through the middle of next month.
People in Washington likely won’t have to worry next year about the identification they take to the airport after Gov. Jay Inslee signed a measure Tuesday seeking to make the state one of more than two dozen in compliance with federal identification requirements.
In a flurry of bill signings Tuesday morning, Gov. Jay Inslee signed the REAL ID bill to bring Washington into compliance with federal rules for driver's licenses and other identification cards.
Montana residents may not need to use passports to board domestic flights next year, after all.
Washington lawmakers reached agreement Thursday on a two-tiered licensing system that seeks to bring Washington state into compliance with federal identification requirements.
The House on Tuesday passed a bill that would create a two-tiered licensing system that seeks to bring Washington state in line with federal identification requirements, but further negotiations with the Senate are likely before a final bill is approved.
With a deadline looming that could affect Washington residents’ ability to fly domestically, the state has been granted a temporary extension from the enforcement of federal requirements for state driver’s licenses and ID cards.
If lawmakers fail to act, then Washingtonians wouldn’t be able to board a commercial airliner with a standard driver’s license as identification. The first day of that nightmare would be Jan. 22.
When federal identification standards take effect for air travel in January, Washington residents, like others across the country, will need an enhanced driver’s license or a passport to board a domestic flight. That could be a problem if Washington doesn’t soon comply with federal standards.
A state representative is proposing legislation that would allow Montanans the option of choosing a driver’s license that meets the federal REAL ID requirements.
Washington moved a step closer to having driver’s licenses that meet federal standards, but not before national debate over immigration policy flared on the Senate floor.