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REAL ID Law Goes Into Effect on October 1, 2020

Authored By: WA State Department of Licensing
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Congress passed the REAL ID Act in 2005 to help combat terrorism and identity theft. The law set new requirements for identification that federal agencies may accept for domestic air travel and entrance to certain federal facilities. To comply, a state must create an ID that requires applicants to provide proof of identity and legal U.S. residency, as well as counterfeit-resistant security features. All states must comply with the law before it takes effect on Oct. 1, 2020.

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Last Review and Update: Mar 21, 2019
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