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Real ID - Required in Airports as of Oct, 2020, Available To Get on Your Drivers License

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You can now get Real ID on your drivers licenses, and as of Oct 2020, you'll need a Real ID-approved piece of identification to get through airport security.

I don't know all the details of this, but maybe someone else does. I can tell you this much: You cannot provide "documents" on your cell phone, so if you've gone entirely paperless, you may have trouble furnishing a utility bill (doesn't that suck?)

"1 Million Maryland Drivers with State-Issued Real ID Licenses Still Are Not Compliant" by Luz Lazo on washingtonpost.com

 

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I just got my Real ID in DC, Georgetown DMV.  It was actually rather painless, other than taking the time off to go to the DMV. In and out under 30 minutes.

I brought:

Social security card, passport, electric bill and gas bill.

If you have paperless accounts, you can print out copies of bills and bring them. 

I had to take an eye test and they take a new photo. The id should arrive in 2-3 weeks and they gave me a paper temporary license to cover in between. 

 

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I did it in CA.  It's more or less just renewing your license in person with a few extra documents (in my case, a certified birth certificate, SS card, a W-2 form, and an insurance card; the last two for documenting residency).  The DMV will have a list of acceptable documents for proving residency and even with electronic bills most people have a lot of documents that will qualify.  You do have to submit paper copies for them to photocpy and keep on file,and  can absolutely print out bills, etc., to bring in.  Went to the DMV to get in line before it opened and was out in less than an hour (since an appointments had to be made months in advance) even with getting a photo taken.

I was glad to get it, since I don't want to haul out my passport for domestic travel next year! Also, I had to get my license renewed anyway so it wasn't much more trouble.

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Long long line at the Gallows Rd. DMV this (Saturday) morning.

I had to present my identifications to a lady whose job is to hand out a numbered ticket.  She looked at my social security card and my passport and said they don't match (because my middle-name is spelled out in my passport but only my initial is on the social security card).  She told me I have to go home and find another form of I.D.

On my way out, I looked at a print-out of the ID requirements, which states "If your middle name is not displayed, or only your middle initial appears on some of your documents, they may still be accepted."

So I went back in the DMV.  The security guard then told me there's no point for me to argue with the clerk - the person I need to see is the Manager.  So the Manager looks at my IDs and says I'm okay, I just need to go back to the clerk and get a ticket - and tell her that the Manager has approved my IDs.  

So in total, I spent 2 hrs at the DMV for my real ID.

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4 hours ago, Ericandblueboy said:

There’s an unusually long line at Gallows Road DMV this morning and I arrived 20 minutes before the DMV opened.

Weekends in the summer (with kids out of school) are not the best times to go! I suspect you waited close to two hours once you got inside, and that it was hellish.

The Virginia DMV has an "estimated wait" feature online - just type in the location, and it will give you the estimates - here's the link.

Even with this feature, the DMV is primitive: You take a ticket, and have *no clue* how long you'll be sitting there. It's just awful.

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Same system at the DC social security office.  Wait in line against the wall to get a ticket number, wait for your number to be called. It ended up being the same person who gave me the ticket in the first place. 

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On 6/8/2019 at 4:59 AM, Ericandblueboy said:

Long long line at the Gallows Rd. DMV this (Saturday) morning.

I had to present my identifications to a lady whose job is to hand out a numbered ticket.  She looked at my social security card and my passport and said they don't match (because my middle-name is spelled out in my passport but only my initial is on the social security card).  She told me I have to go home and find another form of I.D.

On my way out, I looked at a print-out of the ID requirements, which states "If your middle name is not displayed, or only your middle initial appears on some of your documents, they may still be accepted."

So I went back in the DMV.  The security guard then told me there's no point for me to argue with the clerk - the person I need to see is the Manager.  So the Manager looks at my IDs and says I'm okay, I just need to go back to the clerk and get a ticket - and tell her that the Manager has approved my IDs.  

So in total, I spent 2 hrs at the DMV for my real ID.

Ugh, those front ticket folks can be the worst!! Especially since they guard the gates to get to the next step and often have wrong/incomplete information.  Once, back in the day the VA DMV ticket person wouldn't let me through because I didn't have a green card, which they insisted was the form of ID I must present to get my license. They wouldn't accept that I'm a Boston-born U.S. citizen and DON'T HAVE A GREEN CARD.  I actually had to leave to go get my passport because I didn't think to take up the issue with a manager like you did.  Still get mad thinking about it!!

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