Overview: REAL ID

The enhanced driver license (EDL) and enhanced ID card (EID) are compliant with the REAL ID Act. For more information see: Washington State has met all requirements to comply with REAL ID Act (wordpress.com)

The Federal REAL ID Act was created in 2005 to help reduce fraud by improving state identification documents. It requires all states to:

  • Establish a security standard for issuing driver licenses and ID cards
  • Restrict access to domestic airline travel and secured federal facilities such as military bases, to people who don't have REAL ID compliant identification.

REAL ID goes into effect October 1, 2020.

We offer an Enhanced ID (EID) or an Enhanced Driver's License (EDL), which are REAL ID Act compliant.

You aren't required to get an EID or EDL, and you may already be prepared. There are several options for REAL ID compliant documents such as a passport (either a U.S. passport or a foreign-issued passport), a Permanent Resident Card (Green Card), or U.S. military ID.

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