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You’re fed up with the DMV? So are Idaho sheriffs. Here’s their letter to Gov. Otter

Idaho’s county sheriffs agree: The Idaho Transportation Department’s new driver’s license software is a wreck.


UPDATED: Mon., June 18, 2018, 10:12 a.m.

Washington driver’s licenses, ID cards to change on July 1

Standard driver’s licenses and state identification cards will change on July 1 as state moves to comply with the federal Real ID law.


Input sought on new driver’s license language

State officials are asking for residents’ ideas on how to best explain on a standard driver’s license or ID card that it is not valid identification for use at airports …


Idaho officials work to restore driver’s license services

Idaho Transportation Department officials say they are working on fully restoring driver’s license services two weeks after computer outages left hundreds of residents unable to renew licenses.


County, city calculate sales tax loss from ‘leakage’ to Oregon

Vancouver is losing out on more than $300,000 annually in vehicle registration tab fees, but that’s not the only financial loss the city endures when its residents hold on to …


UPDATED: Tue., July 4, 2017, 9:55 p.m.

Oregon becomes first state to allow gender-neutral licenses

Oregon has become the first state in the U.S. to allow residents who don’t identify as male or female to mark their gender as “not specified” when they apply for …


UPDATED: Mon., June 19, 2017, 1:15 p.m.

Washington granted REAL ID extension through Oct. 10

Washington state has been granted another temporary extension from the enforcement of federal requirements for state driver’s licenses and ID cards.


Washington becomes latest state to seek ID compliance

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 …


Oregon on track to be first with no-gender option on license

Oregon is on track to become the first state to allow residents to skip a gender identity on their driver’s licenses and identification cards.


Montana Legislature passes bill to comply with Real ID

Montana residents may not need to use passports to board domestic flights next year, after all.


UPDATED: Wed., March 1, 2017, 12:35 p.m.

Washington Senate approves slashing cost of enhanced driver’s licenses in plan to meet federal ID rules

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.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 10, 2017, 2:06 p.m.

New bill would allow Idahoans choices on Real ID compliance

An Idaho Senate panel has introduced legislation that would allow two options for driver’s licenses – one that complies with federal identification requirements and one that doesn’t.


Montana senators seek REAL ID waiver

U.S. Sens. Jon Tester and Steve Daines have asked Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly for an emergency waiver from the REAL ID Act, which established security standards for driver’s licenses …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 26, 2017, 8:28 a.m.

REAL ID compliance bill gets Senate panel’s OK

A Senate panel has approved a measure that seeks to bring Washington state into compliance with federal identification requirements. On Tuesday, the Senate Transportation Committee passed Senate Bill 5008 on …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 19, 2017, 10:49 p.m.

New driver’s license won’t flag undocumented residents, sponsor says

Standard driver’s license won’t be good for federal ID, but won’t single out undocumented immigrants, senator says.


Washington facing REAL ID deadline

Last month, signs started popping up at airports across the country warning travelers that unless their driver’s licenses are from states already in compliance with federal identification requirements, or states …


Spin Control: Lawmakers offer plan to satisfy feds on driver’s license fight

State lawmakers at the top of the transportation policy pyramid have what they think is a solution to Washington’s long, and likely losing, battle over its driver’s license system.


Without changes, standard Washington driver licenses can’t be used to board a plane starting in 2018

Lawmakers will take another run at complying with federal law on driver’s licenses to beat 2018 deadline.


Washington to introduce harder driving tests in August

Getting a driver’s license in Washington state is set to get a little more challenging next month when new written tests are introduced.


Huckleberries: Idaho’s driver’s license rules ageist

Councilman Dan English of Coeur d’Alene consoled himself last week while waiting and waiting – and waiting –for his turn to renew his driver’s license. At least, Dan thought, he …


Editorial: State needs quick driver’s license fix

The Washington Legislature can no longer delay action to make driver’s licenses compliant with federal law.


‘Sovereign citizen contacts’ with law enforcement on rise, sheriff says

Sovereign citizens who claim they don’t need a driver’s license isn’t a new thing for Spokane County deputies, but Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said the incidents appear to be on the …


Editorial: State needs to change ID law

Lawmakers should respond quickly to the federal deadline for changing identification requirements.


Editorial: State must change ID law

Legislature should bring driver’s license and ID laws into compliance with federal REAL ID Act.


Effort to check voter rolls dropped

OLYMPIA – Washington can’t use immigrant registration records from the U.S. Homeland Security Department to verify names on its voter rolls, state elections officials said Tuesday. The reason: The state …


Licensing rules tightened

Washington is cracking down on fraudulent driver’s licenses by requiring proof of legal state residency if applicants don’t have valid Social Security numbers. The new measures by the state Department …


Washington driver license changing to protect IDs

The Washington Department of Licensing is changing driver licenses to help protect against identity theft.


DMV offers American experience

I’ve never visited the Statue of Liberty, but I think I know what inspired Emma Lazarus when she wrote, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to …