As deadlines loom for states to implement Real ID standards, many U.S. residents may find that their standard license or ID are not enough to prove their identity without a secondary form of identification.
Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, the federal government requires that all state-issued driver’s licenses or ID cards be Real ID compliant if used as identification to board an aircraft or enter federal facilities, nuclear power plants or military bases where ID is required. However, many military bases and federal facilities have begun to no longer accept IDs from non-compliant states, such as Washington and Missouri.
The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles began issuing Real IDs in Nov. 2014. Distinguished by a gold circle with a star cut-out in the upper right-hand corner, Nevada Real IDs will help prevent identity theft and fraud and allows residents to prove their identity without having to provide a secondary form of identification, officials said.
To obtain a Real ID, Nevada residents will need to present proof of identity, such as a birth certificate or passport, their social security card and two documents proving their current residency, such as bank statements or utility bills, along with a completed application in person at the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Additionally, any residents who have had a name change will have to show proof of each name change by presenting documents such as marriage certificates, divorce decrees, adoption records or court orders.
Residents who choose to keep a non-compliant, or a standard license or ID, will have “Not For Federal Official Use” printed on their IDs.
The Nevada DMV reports that a common issue that some residents are having when applying for the Real ID is not having the correct paperwork, as it could be difficult to obtain a birth certificate or marriage certificate from decades ago. However, that hasn’t deterred many applicants from applying for the Real ID. Kevin Malone, a DMV spokesman, said about 81 percent of original driver’s license applicants and 34 percent of renewal applicants have obtained Real IDs in 2015.
Real IDs were implemented because of the 2005 Real ID Act that Congress passed based on the 9/11 Commission’s recommendations that the federal government set minimum security standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and IDs. The Act also prohibits federal agencies from accepting licenses and identification cards from non-compliant states that do not meet the standards.
To date, 47 states/territories are in compliance or have been granted an extension to implement Real ID standards, while six states/territories are considered to be in non-compliance: Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico, Washington, Minnesota and American Samoa.
Additionally, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security reports that beginning Jan. 22, 2018, residents from non-compliant states who have not received an extension will be required to show an alternative form of acceptable identification for domestic air travel and visiting federal facilities, nuclear power plants and military bases. Residents who are unable to provide an acceptable form of identification will not be permitted through security checkpoints.
Residents of compliant states and non-compliant states that were granted an extension have until Oct. 2020 to replace their current license with a Real ID compliant license.
For more information on Nevada Real ID requirements, visit www.dmvnv.com.