The new Real ID standard for driver’s licenses required by the Transportation Security Administraction will take effect one year from today, barring anyone without a star on their driver’s license from getting on a plane.
Here are five things to know about the change:
1. You don’t have to get the compliant card, but if you don’t, you can’t fly or enter federal facilities without extra documents.
Only 27 percent of Americans have been issued a Real ID a year from it becoming a requirement for some activities, according to statement from the Transportation Security Administration today.
Anyone who doesn’t have the Real ID-compliant driver’s license, state-issued enhanced driver’s license, or other acceptable forms of identification, such as a valid passport or U.S. military ID, won’t be able to fly within the United States. International travel still requires a passport.
The Real ID also will be needed to enter federal facilities or to go on military bases.
2. Where do I get the compliant ID.
The compliant ID takes the place of a standard driver’s license. When renewing a license at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, consumers can ask for the Real ID. Both cost the same.
Anyone looking for the Real ID should be prepared for the proper paperwork when going to the BMV.
3. Minors flying with a parent who has a Real ID don’t need their own.
Unaccompanied minors, though, do need a compliant card, or a standard card with other federally approved documentation, to fly commercially.
4. Oct. 1, 2020 is the vital date.
Starting Oct. 1, 2020 any Ohio driver’s license or identification cards issued before July 2, 2018 will not be accepted by the Transportation Security Administration. This is the date a compliant ID must be in hand to fly commercially and enter federal facilities.
The cards take about 10 days to mail to the consumer’s residence after going to the BMV, but they can take longer. Anyone trying to fly on Oct. 1 should make sure to get the compliant card well in advance of that date in case there are delays in card delivery.
5. The compliant ID requires extra documentation at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles
To get a Real ID, consumers need documentation that proves identity including full legal name, date of birth, social security number, two documents proving Ohio residency, proof of legal presence and proof of name change.
Name change can be proven with a marriage license or certificate, decree of divorce, dissolution or annulment or a certified copy of a court ordered name change.
A list of acceptable documents and which of the six requirements they prove can be found here.
A common combination includes birth certificate, one of the above documents showing name change if different than the name listed on the birth certificate, a W-2 wage and tax statement and another document proving residence such as an insurance policy, bank statement, income tax return filing, Ohio BMV postcard or letter from a college or university.
Instead of a W-2, a Social Security card can be used to show a SSN. If using a Social Security card, two documents proving address will be needed.
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