From the Desk of the President
All the latest buzz is about Real IDs, I hope these sections will assist you in gaining knowledge on how it affects you and what you need to do to acquire a “REAL ID.”
Everything you wanted to know about Real ID’s but were afraid to ask
What is a Real ID?
Passed by Congress in 2005, the REAL ID Act enacted the 9/11 Commission's recommendation that the Federal Government “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver's licenses.” The Act established minimum security standards for state-issued driver's licenses and identification cards and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for official purposes licenses and identification cards from states that do not meet these standards. States have made considerable progress in meeting this key recommendation of the 9/11 Commission and every state has a more secure driver's license today than before the passage of the Act.
What does this mean to me? Why do I need one?
Starting October 1, 2020, every state and territory resident will need to present a REAL ID compliant license/ID, or another acceptable form of identification, for accessing Federal facilities, entering nuclear power plants, and boarding commercial aircraft. (Another way of saying a National Identification Card) This is what we call “card-based” enforcement. The card, itself, must be REAL ID compliant unless the resident is using an alternative acceptable document such as a passport. The Act does not require individuals to present identification where it is not currently required to access a Federal facility (such as to enter the public areas of the Smithsonian) nor does it prohibit an agency from accepting other forms of identity documents other than documents from non-compliant states (such as a U.S. passport or passport card).
Massachusetts has chosen to be a compliant state and is in the process of providing Real IDs as part of the driver’s license renewal process. You must apply in person, you cannot get your ID online. In order to get a Real ID, you must have the following original documents:
• A photo ID, or non-photo ID that contains the applicant's full legal name and birth date. • Valid birth certificate. (This must be an actual state-issued raised-seal birth certificate – hospital birth certificates or baptismal certificates are not accepted.) • Social Security number. • Proof of legal U.S. citizenship, OR proof of lawful admittance into or temporary residence within the U.S.
For more in-depth information on the requirements please go to this web site: https://www.mass.gov/guides/massachusetts-identification-id-requirements
A word on Birth Certificates; there are a lot of scam sites on the internet that charge an exorbitant amount of money and act as an intermediary to get your birth certificate. Make certain you are going to the “STATE” where you were born website. Usually it will be in their Bureau of Vital Statistics or Records. Most valid state sites will use .gov somewhere in the link. Most charge a nominal fee for your birth certificate not hundreds of dollars.
I hope this information is helpful to you but, if you have any questions about this please feel free to contact me
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