REAL ID Requirements Less Than a Year Away

By Nisqually Valley News staff
Posted 8/2/22

In less than a year, those who want to board a flight or enter some federal buildings will be required to present a REAL ID.

Starting on May 3, 2023, passengers will be required to have the new …

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REAL ID Requirements Less Than a Year Away

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In less than a year, those who want to board a flight or enter some federal buildings will be required to present a REAL ID.

Starting on May 3, 2023, passengers will be required to have the new enhanced ID.

The Real ID Act was passed by Congress in 2005,  which put new minimum security standards in place for state-issued driver’s licenses and ID cards.

The original deadline to have a REAL ID was set for 2016 but it was delayed several times, most recently in April of 2021, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Only 43% of state driver’s licenses and IDs are currently compliant with the act. In 2020, only 83 million Americans would have been able to go through security at airports if the REAL ID requirements were in place at the time.



The REAL ID recommendations stem from the 9/11 commission, which looked into airport security after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Washington currently has an enhanced driver’s license option. While it’s more costly than a regular driver’s license, it meets REAL ID requirements. To get an enhanced driver’s license, people need to present proof of citizenship, their identity, a social security number and proof of residence. Washington also offers enhanced ID cards.

Currently, the TSA lists regular driver’s licenses and state photo ID cards as acceptable forms of identification for those flying within the U.S. but that will change come May. 

If the deadline passes and someone doesn’t have an enhanced driver’s license or ID, they can also present a permanent resident card, otherwise known as a Green Card, a U.S. Military ID, a U.S. Passport, a U.S. Passport Card, a Foreign Passport, a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Employment Authorization Card (I-766), and a Federally recognized, tribal-issued photo ID along with their ID card to fly.

For more information about Washington’s REAL ID requirements, visit the state’s website at id2023wa.com.

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