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Change in first time driver license application process

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Those long lines at the Department of Licensing buildings may get even longer soon as new requirements filter in for people getting their driver license for the first time.

Department of Licensing leaders say they've been having more problems with license fraud recently. To help prevent issues, the proof or residence policy will be updated.

Now the agency will require proof of a Washington residence address. This does not mean you need to be a U.S. citizen to get a license in this state, but it does mean you must be able to show you live in the state.

 Currently, people could sign a special form to bypass certain state requirements, but after people living out of state started abusing it, workers say it's time to crack down. 

 "It's been increasing. The Social Security Number declaration form has gone from about 7 percent out of state applicants up to about 14 percent. So what we're doing is we are cracking down on the use of that form," Brad Benfield said from the State of Washington Department of Licensing.  

The change will take effect next week, November 8th.