Longer lines at Washington DOL for enhanced licenses - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Longer lines at Washington DOL for enhanced licenses

Posted: Updated:
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Upgrading your Washington state ID at the Department of Licensing is becoming more time consuming.

"There had been a computer delay earlier," said one DOL customer named Lyle. Instead of leaving, he decided to wait. Lyle had already been waiting for about two hours until his number was called. "There's extra paperwork for the enhanced and 15 minute wait, then they called me for my photo and another 15 minute wait."

In early June, Washington state was granted another temporary extension for the federal requirements for state drivers licenses and ID cards Starting in July 2018, the state's 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 like traveling across the border or flying, by federal authorities.

What does this mean exactly?

Those with the old licenses will eventually need additional documentation - such as a passport, permanent resident card or military id - to board domestic commercial flights and for other federal purposes.

But for Lyle the wait is worth it "I'm crossing the border to Anchorage, Alaska, tomorrow and I have the paper work to get me north but I need to have the enhanced to get me back."

If you are planning to get an enhanced license you can also apply and renew online 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Court Docs: Spokane Valley man charged with beating toddler now being investigated for sexual assault

    Court Docs: Spokane Valley man charged with beating toddler now being investigated for sexual assault

    Tuesday, December 12 2017 4:58 PM EST2017-12-12 21:58:28 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A 22-year-old Spokane Valley man already in custody for allegedly beating his girlfriend's 21-month-old daughter is now being investigated for possibly sexually abusing her as well. Detectives said DNA was recovered during a sexual assault kit that indicates the victim was sexually abused.  Court documents identify the suspect as Brandon Oquendo. 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A 22-year-old Spokane Valley man already in custody for allegedly beating his girlfriend's 21-month-old daughter is now being investigated for possibly sexually abusing her as well. Detectives said DNA was recovered during a sexual assault kit that indicates the victim was sexually abused.  Court documents identify the suspect as Brandon Oquendo. 

    >>
  • Electronics stolen from North Spokane home before Christmas

    Electronics stolen from North Spokane home before Christmas

    Tuesday, December 12 2017 2:16 AM EST2017-12-12 07:16:24 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash.- A North Spokane family is hoping to find the thieves who stole not just from their Christmas but from the people whose belongings they were repairing. Kevin and Ronnie Ryno say they've never had a problem with theft until Monday. 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash.- A North Spokane family is hoping to find the thieves who stole not just from their Christmas but from the people whose belongings they were repairing. Kevin and Ronnie Ryno say they've never had a problem with theft until Monday. 

    >>
  • Toddler signs for help while sitting on Santa's lap

    Toddler signs for help while sitting on Santa's lap

    Sunday, December 10 2017 7:43 PM EST2017-12-11 00:43:17 GMT

    OWING MILLS, Md.  - A family in Maryland is going viral after they brought their 1-year-old son to take a photo with Santa Claus and the results are hilarious. Kerry Spencer tweeted out the photo last week. She captioned it, "We taught our baby sign language. This is the sign for 'help.' You're welcome."

    >>

    OWING MILLS, Md.  - A family in Maryland is going viral after they brought their 1-year-old son to take a photo with Santa Claus and the results are hilarious. Kerry Spencer tweeted out the photo last week. She captioned it, "We taught our baby sign language. This is the sign for 'help.' You're welcome."

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Racial slurs lead to vicious assault in downtown Spokane

    Racial slurs lead to vicious assault in downtown Spokane

    Tuesday, December 12 2017 6:53 PM EST2017-12-12 23:53:19 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A downtown bar manager is recovering after a vicious assault that occurred last Tuesday. He said it all started when he tried to remove two customers after they were spewing racial slurs.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A downtown bar manager is recovering after a vicious assault that occurred last Tuesday. He said it all started when he tried to remove two customers after they were spewing racial slurs.

    >>
  • 2 plead guilty in assault over cold chicken at food stand

    2 plead guilty in assault over cold chicken at food stand

    Tuesday, December 12 2017 5:59 PM EST2017-12-12 22:59:59 GMT

    WOODBINE, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia couple accused of punching a mother and daughter over being served cold chicken have pleaded guilty to the crime.    WGCL-TV reports Nathaniel and Latasha Smith entered guilty pleas last month to charges of aggravated battery and cruelty to children. Superior Court Judge Robert Guy will sentence them at a later date.

    >>

    WOODBINE, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia couple accused of punching a mother and daughter over being served cold chicken have pleaded guilty to the crime.    WGCL-TV reports Nathaniel and Latasha Smith entered guilty pleas last month to charges of aggravated battery and cruelty to children. Superior Court Judge Robert Guy will sentence them at a later date.

    >>
  • Mom who posted video of bullied son denies being racist

    Mom who posted video of bullied son denies being racist

    Tuesday, December 12 2017 5:44 PM EST2017-12-12 22:44:19 GMT

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Tennessee woman who posted a video of her tearful son recounting being bullied at school has appeared on national media outlets to deflect accusations of racism.    Kimberly Jones told Good Morning America and CBS This Morning on Tuesday that a photo of her family with a Confederate flag posted on social media was real, but that it didn't make her a racist.

    >>

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Tennessee woman who posted a video of her tearful son recounting being bullied at school has appeared on national media outlets to deflect accusations of racism.    Kimberly Jones told Good Morning America and CBS This Morning on Tuesday that a photo of her family with a Confederate flag posted on social media was real, but that it didn't make her a racist.

    >>