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Washington Legislature Passes REAL ID Bill

OLYMPIA (AP) — Washington lawmakers have reached agreement on a two-tiered licensing system that seeks to bring Washington state into compliance with federal identification requirements.

The House passed the measure on a 55-41 vote Thursday, followed by the Senate, which passed it on a 36-13 vote. It now heads to Gov. Jay Inslee for his signature.

Thursday’s action came after both chambers reached agreement on a variety of issues, including the cost of the state’s current enhanced license.

With passage of the measure, lawmakers end a multiyear struggle over how to best comply with the REAL ID Act, a 2005 federal law that requires state driver’s licenses and ID cards to have security enhancements and be issued to people who can prove they are legally in the United States.

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