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Getting There: Upgrade your Washington driver’s license or you may not be able to fly

Idaho is currently working on upgrading its driver licenses ... There are two in Spokane County: One is at 9107 N. Country Homes Blvd., and the other is at 12801 E. Sprague Ave. Others are located in Newport, Colville, Davenport, Republic, Pullman ...

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UPDATED: MONDAY, JAN30, 2017, 11:11 A.M. #galleria { display: none; width: 100%; background: #000; margin-bottom:1rem; } /*.galleria-theme-azur .galleria-info-description { margin: 10px 14px 10px; opacity: 0.7; padding-right: 100px; }*/ .galleria-captionopen { display:none; } .galleria-info { display:none; } $(document).ready(function() { Galleria.configure({ responsive: true, imageCrop: 'false', transition: 'fade', // height: 0.774, height: 0.5625, });'#galleria', { // NOPE // autoplay: 5000, showInfo: false, _toggleInfo: false, extend: function(options) { var currentind = 0; this.bind('image', function(e){ var index = this.getIndex() var image_path = this.getData(index).image; var caption = document.getElementById('capdiv'); // This appends/creates the caption under the gallery if (e['galleriaData']['description'] != undefined) { caption.innerHTML = ""+e['galleriaData']['description']+""; } if (currentind != 0) { dataLayer.push({ 'event':'GalleryDepth', 'eventCategory': 'Gallery View', 'eventAction': image_path.substring(image_path.lastIndexOf("/photos"), image_path.lastIndexOf('?')), 'eventLabel': index, 'eventValue': 1 }) } currentind ++ }); } }); $('#galleria').fadeIn(); }); By Mike Prager 459-5454 Twitter Facebook  Email  Reddit  SMS For more informationThe federal government is going to require all adult air travelers to have an approved form of identification in coming yearsThose include a passport, enhanced driver’s license, military ID or trusted traveler card among othersFor more information, click here. An enhanced state driver’s license may be needed to board an airplane in Washington as early as next year. After the deadline, a regular state driver’s license in Washington won’t qualify and won’t get you on a plane, either for domestic or international flights Currently, the federal government has Washington under a deadline of Jan18, 2018, to bring licenses into compliance with the Real ID Act of 2005, an outgrowth of post-9/11 security measuresThe deadline could be extended, but that’s by no means sure, and even so, the final deadline for all states is Oct1, 2020. After the deadline, only passengers with an enhanced license, passport or other acceptable identification will be allowed to board aircraftThose with only a regular driver’s license from Washington state will not be able to get on a plane. Idaho is currently working on upgrading its driver licenses and plans to be in compliance well in advance of the 2020 deadline, said Reed Hollinshead, spokesman for the Idaho Transportation Department. “You don’t even want to get close to that final deadline,” he said. Air travelers have the option to use other forms of accepted identification such as a passport, military ID or trusted traveler cards, among othersMany travelers already use one of those. Also, the enhanced license or ID in Washington allows residents to cross into Canada and MexicoA regular driver’s license no longer works for those border crossings. Federally approved identification – enhanced cards, passports or military IDs – is required now to get onto military bases and other federal facilities, including Hanford. Licensing officials believe that a large number of travelers currently do not have the type of ID that will get them through security at the airport, and at some point, they will have to upgrade their documents if for no other reason than to travel. Brad Benefield, spokesman for the Washington state Department of Licensing, said members of the public should take steps to get their upgrades. In Washington, an enhanced driver’s license currently costs an additional $9 a yearIf you have two years left on your regular license before it expires, then upgrading will cost only $18 initially After that, a six-year renewal will cost $108 instead of the $54 charged for a regular state driver’s licenseLawmakers are considering a plan to offer a lower introductory enhanced license or ID fee to get people to make the conversion. The state is likely to reduce the additional cost of an enhanced license or ID to help ease transition, Benefield said. Getting an enhanced license can be done at any time but requires an appearance at a licensing exam office. There are two in Spokane County: One is at 9107 NCountry Homes Blvd., and the other is at 12801 ESprague AveOthers are located in Newport, Colville, Davenport, Republic, Pullman, Clarkston, Ephrata, Moses Lake and elsewhere east of the CascadesOffices in Spokane are open from 8:30 a.mto 5 p.mTuesdays through Fridays and 8:30 a.mto 2:30 p.mon Saturdays. If you go, you might check the requirements for identification beforehandThose can found at You will need to present identification to prove your identity, U.Scitizenship and residency in WashingtonAn original birth certificate and documents pertaining to your residency are neededA passport is one of the best types of ID to use. Allow time for the process: You will be interviewed by two different examinersThe application asks for your father’s name, mother’s maiden name and their birthplacesIt takes a minimum of an hour Open hours and wait times at each office can be checked online in advanceTo check the offices online, go to At the licensing office, the examiners will take a photograph of you that will include a biometric scan of your face, which provides an additional measure of proof and security, Benefield said. The enhanced license or ID contains a radio frequency chip that gives border agents advance knowledge of your identification as you approach the crossing. Benefield said the RF chip system uses a secure code to connect with the border patrolThus, personal information cannot be stolen by an RF reader. The state is likely to reduce the additional cost of an enhanced license or ID to help ease transition, he said Also, the state will continue to issue regular, nonenhanced cards for people who are not U.Scitizens but live and work in Washington, he saidRegular licenses are also being kept for people who want a lower-cost option for licensing and identificationHowever, those licenses by 2020 will have to include a disclaimer saying they are not valid for federal purposes, or similar language. Bills before the Washington Legislature would allow the licensing department to use that language on nonenhanced cards. Contact the writer: (509) 459-5454 Updated: Jan30, 2017, 11:11 a.m.  Tags: driver licensing, enhanced driver license, government, transportation Click here to comment on this story » if ('only screen and (min-width: 768px)')){ document.write(');

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