On July 1, 2018 Washington will begin issuing a new Enhanced Driver License and Enhanced Identification Card.  The EDL and EID are compliant with the REAL ID act, meeting TSA security requirements for travel documents.  The enhanced security is a requirement for entering federal facilities and TSA for domestic air travel.  In addition, the new cards contain an RFID chip allowing them to be used in place of a US Passport for reentry by land or sea to the U.S. from Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Participation in the program is voluntary.  Washington residents may still apply for a non compliant Driver License or Identification Card, but they will not be valid identification for entering federal facilities, domestic air travel or in place of a passport after October 1, 2020.  The compliant Enhanced cards and non compliant cards will be distinguished by the words “Enhanced” or “Federal Limits Apply” in the upper right corner.

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Washington Enhanced Driver License

For more information on Washington’s new EDL and EID please visit the Washington State Department of Licensing website.