Get to know REAL ID - There are New Requirements for Massachusetts Driver's Licenses
The following information has been taken from the mass.gov guide to Real ID and should help answer questions about who needs a REAL ID, what is required, and relevant dates.
What is REAL ID?
REAL ID is a Federal Security Standard for IDs that was created in 2005 as a result of increased federal security measures after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Beginning on March 26, 2018, to get or renew any driver's license, ID card, or learner's permit, you need documentation showing U.S. citizenship or lawful presence as required by federal and state law.
When Will a REAL ID Be Necessary?
REAL ID will be available beginning March 26, 2018; however, you will not need a REAL ID until October of 2020. If you have an active passport and don’t mind carrying it, you will never need a REAL ID.
After October of 2020, you will need either a passport or REAL ID when you fly in the U.S. or enter certain federal buildings.
Many Massachusetts residents may not need a REAL ID. To find out if REAL ID is right for you, answer a few questions here.
Should I get a REAL ID?
Watch this video for more detailed information on REAL ID and Standard credentials and what you need to get one. Remember, you don’t need a REAL ID until October of 2020!
On March 26, 2018, you need documents showing U.S. citizenship or lawful presence as required by federal and state law. Review the document checklist for the types of documents you will need when getting or renewing a driver’s license, learner's permit, or ID card.
Learn More at Mass.gov
For additional Registry of Motor Vehicle questions,
please contact Kathy Cormier at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-742-6363.
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