Washington residents with Enhanced License will still be able to board planes
Washington drivers licenses can’t be used to board a plane starting in 2018, the Spokesman Review reports.
Washington is the only state that does not require proof of citizenship or legal residence to get a standard drivers license. The state has tried twice – and failed – to bring drivers licenses up to federal REAL ID law standards. The last attempt failed in 2014.
Because of that, Washington is one of eight states that is facing the reality that their residents won’t be able to use their standard driver’s license to board a plane in January of 2018. Washington does offer an enhanced driver’s license which meets federal law standards but it is more expensive.
In the past, the hurdle for the standard drivers license is lawmakers being uncomfortable with the proof of citizenship requirement, fearing that undocumented immigrants would be refused to get licenses.
This would mean, the Spokesman reports, that the undocumented immigrants couldn’t get auto insurance and other motorists would take on the financial costs of an accident.