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State Now Offering REAL ID Driver's Licenses

Jul 3, 2018

Credit Ohio Public Radio

The state is now offering Real ID driver's licenses, as part of new federal security regulations for traveling on commercial domestic flights.  

The new type of ID is needed to fly starting October 2020.  The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles says residents should get their IDs as soon as possible to avoid waiting longer closer to the deadline.  Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler has more. 

State Bureau of Motor Vehicles registrar Don Petit says instead of being handed a new license on the spot, drivers will walk out of a deputy registrar’s office with either their old license or a document – both good for 45 days – while they wait at home for the new license, like one would with a credit or debit card from the bank.

“It comes in the mail, generally in about a week to 10 days in a very plain envelope. And we’re going to be using a very similar process for putting the driver’s license in our customer’s hands.”

Those who want licenses that are compliant with a federal proof of identity law that takes effect in two years will have to bring a birth certificate or passport, a social security card and two proofs of residency. Those Real ID compliant licenses will be needed to board airplanes after October 1, 2020.