Writings and observations

Identikits

An item of interest, found in running this this forthnight’s worth of new Washington state administrative rules (one of the resources, ahem, reviewed in our weekly Digests):

There has been a dramatic increase in the number of individuals obtaining Washington state driver’s licenses with no Social Security number coming from states that have historically had very stable immigration rates, strongly suggesting that Washington has become a state of opportunity in which individuals from other states come here to obtain a Washington driver’s license and falsely use a Washington residence address and then return to their home states. The department has adopted an emergency rule to address this issue, and has consequently seen a rise in the number of applications for identicards. To address this, the department intends to adopt a rule to limit the circumstances under which it will mail original licenses and identicards to out-of-state addresses.

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