Starting one year from Tuesday, the standard Massachusetts driver’s license will no longer be accepted as valid identification for boarding domestic flights or entering certain federal buildings.
The Motor Vehicle Registry reminded that as of May 3, 2023, domestic travelers will need a Real ID compliant driver’s license or ID card, or a valid passport to comply federal ID requirements, and encouraged people looking for real ID to make their RMV appointments before then.
Complying with Real ID requirements sends many on a paper hunt
Full implementation of the Real Identity Act, passed in 2005 and considered then as an anti-terrorism measure, was set for 2021 but pushed back by federal authorities due to the impact of the pandemic on licensing operations. States.
Real ID applicants must produce several original or certified documents – two proofs of Massachusetts residency, proof of a full Social Security number, and proof of legal presence in the United States, such as a passport or birth certificate. A list of acceptable documents is available on the state website.
The RMV said Massachusetts currently stands at 41% Real ID adoption, with more than 2.3 million compliant credentials issued. Real ID appointments can be scheduled by visiting the RMV’s online service center, and AAA members can also schedule appointments at AAA locations.
“Customers are encouraged to take the time now to check the expiration date of their Massachusetts driver’s license or ID card, and if they are looking for a REAL ID, plan ahead and be prepared. by having available all the documentation required to obtain this credential,” Registrar of Motor Vehicles Colleen Ogilvie said in a statement.