On Oct. 1, 2020, the REAL ID law goes into effect in Washington.
The Department of Homeland Security has determined that Washington state is fully compliant with federal REAL ID requirements, which means standard driver licenses and ID cards will continue to be accepted for boarding a domestic flight through September 2020.
It’s important to know that beginning Oct. 1, 2020, individuals will need to present federally acceptable identification at a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint in order to board a domestic flight.
“Washington residents have two years to look at your identity document options and determine which one best fits your lifestyle,” said Teresa Berntsen, DOL director. “We created the ID2020 campaign to help residents educate themselves on the various options, and encourage them not to wait until 2020 to make a decision.”
There are a variety of identity documents that can be used to board an airplane or enter secure federal facilities, including:
- U.S. or foreign passport
- U.S. passport card
- Military ID
- DHS trusted traveler cards (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST)
- Enhanced driver license
- One of several other types of federally approved forms of identification (tsa.gov)
Washington’s enhanced driver licenses (EDLs) and enhanced ID (EIDs) cards are REAL ID compliant, valid for air travel within the United States, and can be used to cross the borders of Canada and Mexico by land or sea. Some commonly needed documents to get an EDL/EID are certified birth certificate, U.S. passport, or military ID. A full list of document options to obtain an enhanced driver license or ID card is available on the DOL website.
The enhanced driver license or ID card is optional. A valid U.S. passport or U.S. passport card, military ID, or other federally approved identification can be used to board a domestic flight or enter certain federal facilities. If a resident has another federally approved identification, does not fly, or does not plan to visit a military base or certain federal facilities such as prisons, they do not need an enhanced card and will have the option to apply for a standard driver license or ID card.
Visit id2020wa.com to view informational videos, take a quiz to help determine which ID you may need, and learn more about REAL ID.
Learn more about REAL ID and what it means for Washington.