Washington State fully compliant with REAL ID Act, but won’t need gold star on license

Washington state became fully compliant with federal requirements for state driver’s licenses and ID cards in October 2018.

Some states will require a gold star on licenses by Oct. 2020, however, Washington will not be one of those states.

Come 2020, if Washingtonians want to stick with their standard license instead of shelling out for an enhanced version, they’ll have to bring one of the approved additional forms of identification (a passport, military ID or a trusted-traveler card, for instance) for air travel within the U.S.

Washington is among a handful of states that do not currently issue a standard state ID that lives up to federal minimum-security requirements, according to the REAL ID Act of 2005. The states in question were operating under a temporary extension in order to become compliant.