REAL ID now available at DMV offices

ALBANY — REAL ID is now available at state Department of Motor Vehicle offices because New Yorkers wishing to fly within the country using their state issued license or ID card will need a REAL ID or Enhanced Driver License after the Oct.1, 2020, federal deadline, according to a DMV news release.

DMV is again encouraging New Yorkers to get REAL ID after the federal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today found New York to be in full compliance with the REAL ID Act and regulation.

Getting a REAL ID is just like getting a standard New York state license or non-driver ID. The cost is the same, but it requires applicants to make a trip to their local DMV office to get a photo taken and present the required proof documents.

To ensure customers have all the proof needed before they visit the DMV, the DMV has created a tool that will walk customers through what they need to bring to the office.

 The new REAL ID is being offered in accordance with the federal REAL ID Act, which requires residents to have a federally approved license, like a REAL ID or Enhanced Driver License, to board a domestic flight or enter certain federal buildings after Oct. 1, 2020. Standard state licenses, which will now be marked Not for Federal Purposes, will no longer be accepted after the federal deadline without an additional form of identification, such as a passport.

Per federal law, obtaining a REAL ID or EDL requires New Yorkers to present their identification and proof of residency in person at a DMV office. All official identification documents presented at a DMV office, like birth certificates and marriage licenses, must be an original or certified copy.

Additionally, if the name on the applicant’s birth certificate does not match the name on other documents, the applicant will also be required to provide court- or government-issued proof of the name change, like a marriage license, divorce decree, court document or adoption certificate.

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