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Changes coming to standard Washington licenses, IDs

Ryan Norris, a license service representative at the Washington state Dept. of Licensing office in Lacey, Wash., poses for a photo Friday, June 22, 2018 while holding a sample copy of a Washington drivers license. Some Washington licenses and identification cards will soon be marked with the words "federal limits apply" as the state moves to comply with a federal law that increased rules for identification needed at airports and federal facilities. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Some Washington driver's licenses and identification cards will soon be marked with the words "federal limits apply" as the state moves to comply with a federal law that increased rules for identification needed at airports and federal facilities.

The 2005 federal law - known as REAL ID - requires state driver's licenses and ID cards to have security enhancements and to be issued to people who can prove they are legally in the United States.

Washington state already offers, but does not mandate, "enhanced" driver's licenses and IDs that require proof of U.S. citizenship and are already valid under the federal law. Nothing will change with those licenses, but starting Sunday, all new and renewed standard licenses - which aren't in line with the federal requirements - will be marked to indicate they are not REAL ID compliant and thus not acceptable for certain purposes by federal authorities once enforcement begins October 2020.

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