The Registry of Motor Vehicles has set a date for issuing new licenses that will comply with federal regulations.
Starting March 26, 2018, Massachusetts residents will be able to apply for licenses which meet the ‘REAL ID’ standard.
Beginning in October 2020, only IDs that meet the REAL ID standard will be accepted at airports and federal buildings.
MA RESIDENTS: As of October 1, 2020, you will need a Passport or REAL ID to enter any federal building or to fly within the U.S. Go online to find out if you will need a REAL ID by visiting https://t.co/aBeknjeW9h pic.twitter.com/cMoKuTojMC— Massachusetts RMV (@MassRMV) December 26, 2017
Officials say residents with licenses that expire before October 2020 don’t need to rush to get the new one; they can wait for their renewal.
A few months ago, residents in 22 states were panicking over the possibility that their state-issued ID cards would be insufficient to access domestic flights. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security approved requests for an extension, grant states more time to provide appropriate, REAL ID-compliant identification for residents.
Congress passed the REAL ID Act in 2005 in an effort to strengthen identification rules at airports. The act established minimum security standards for state-issued driver’s licenses. Under the law, state driver's licenses and ID cards have to be issued only to people who can prove they are legally living in the United States. If state licenses don’t meet the standards, then federal agencies -– such as the TSA -- will not accept them.
>> To learn more, or to find out if you will need a REAL ID, click here.
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