What You Should Know about Washington’s REAL ID Compliance

[Resource links below in Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean, and Chinese] UPDATE 3/27/2020: The Department of Homeland Security announced 3/26/2020 that enforcement of the REAL ID Act has been delayed until October 1, 2021. This is due to closures of the DOL offices during the COVID-19 pandemic.  ACTUALIZACIÓN 27/03/2020: El Departamento de Seguridad Nacional anunció el 26/03/2020 que la aplicación de la …

Time to Weigh in on the New Washington Driver’s License

After years of fending off the US Department of Homeland Security, in the 2017 legislative session Washington State agreed (despite opposition from immigrant and civil liberties groups) to enact legislation that would bring the State into compliance with the federal REAL ID Act, which established minimum requirements for state-issued driver’s licenses. With several allies, OneAmerica succeeded in ensuring that the law signed by …

State Agency Information Sharing with Federal Immigration Authorities

On January 11, we learned that the WA State Department of Licensing (DOL) regularly shares personal information with Immigrant and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials.  This years-long practice continues to hurt immigrant communities and sow fear across the state. Through the DOL’s cooperation, ICE received information such as name, address, photograph, and place of birth from driver license and ID card applications. ICE has used this …