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Are you ready? REAL ID Act takes effect in Washington in one year

Washington travelers will need a passport, passport card, an enhanced driver's license or green card. The TSA does not expect the change to affect wait times.

SPOKANE, Wash. — If you plan on flying this time next fall, Washington residents need to make sure their ID complies with the REAL ID Act. 

The law goes into effect October 1st, 2020.

By then, you'll need more than your driver's license to fly.

Washington travelers will need a passport, passport card, an enhanced driver's license or green card.

The Washington State Department of Licensing expects a high volume of submissions to get an enhanced license. That's why it's encouraging everyone to get it done early.

The TSA does not expect the change to affect wait times through security. But they are educating travelers now, so they aren't surprised and potentially slow down the checkpoint process.

The documents you'll need when applying for an enhanced license include proof of U.S. citizenship, one document verifying your identity, your social security card, and two documents with your name and current Washington residential address.

If you update your license and end up traveling with the temporary card, TSA officials said you will need to bring your old ID as well.

If you don't fly, then you're all set.

You are not required to have a REAL ID to access federal courts, social security offices or national parks.

Even if you drive across state lines or take a train, a standard driver's license or ID will work.

You can find out if you're ready for October 2020 by visiting ID2020WA.com.

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