Massachusetts deadline looms for getting a REAL ID
Time is running out for Massachusetts residents to get a ‘REAL ID’ driver’s license before ID is required to pass through airport security checkpoints, board a plane and enter some federal buildings.
The deadline for obtaining the REAL ID, extended several times due to the COVID pandemic, is May 3, 2023.
The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) recommends that all Massachusetts residents upgrade from the standard Massachusetts driver’s license to the REAL ID at their next license renewal or sooner if their renewal date is before May 3.
“REAL ID is a federal security standard for identifiers that was created in 2005 as a result of increased security measures after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001,” the RMV said. The ID requirement became law in Massachusetts in 2016.
Residents can still opt for a standard Massachusetts driver’s license, valid driver’s license, and ID, but the standard license is not accepted as a form of federal ID.
The RMV said REAL ID licenses have appropriate markings indicating that they are acceptable forms of federal identification.
A standard Massachusetts driver’s license is renewable online, while a READ ID driver’s license must be renewed in person. The initial switch to REAL ID requires ID. Details are posted on the RMV website.
With illegal immigrants now allowed to apply for a Massachusetts driver’s license, the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition has compiled information on applicable restrictions and required documents.
The fees for a REAL ID are the same as for a standard Massachusetts driver’s license.
I got my REAL ID when my license expired in 2020 at the AAA office in Fairhaven. The whole process took 15 minutes.
In most cases, the documentation required to upgrade to a REAL ID is not difficult to gather, unless you need to search for a birth certificate or marriage license, which can be time consuming. Plan accordingly.
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