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Driver’s Licenses in Washington Have New Requirements

In an attempt to reduce the number of fraudulently received driver’s licenses, the state of Washington will tightening requirements.

On Monday, the state’s Department of Licensing will require valid proof of Washington residency if an applicant does not provide a verified Social Security Number. The documents presented as proof will be copied and verified by the department before a permanent license is issued.

New Mexico and Utah joined Washington as being states where undocumented immigrants could be issued licenses. Earlier this year, the Associated Press reported an increase in immigrants seeking IDs in those three states in recent months. The reason is believed to be the result of Arizona’s undocumented immigration crackdown.

Thursday, Liz Luce, the Washington Licensing Director said that the change in licensing policy was only the first step in a series planned ‘to clamp down on license fraud.