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Old 08-07-2019, 06:04 PM
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Piggyback on another thread. I am not sure what you all are talking about! I have never had to get anything like that and neither has DH. Is it a new thing we need now?

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Old 08-07-2019, 06:06 PM
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So, supposedly by October of 2020, in order to fly anywhere (even in the states) you need a Real ID card. I say supposedly because I think this date has changed once before, like I think it was sooner a few years ago and then it got pushed back to October of 2020. It can be your driver's license, but it's more than just a driver's license. In my state at least, it looks just like your driver's license, but there is another little federal symbol on top. My state has been advising people to apply for the Real ID instead of a driver's license when their current driver's license expires.
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Old 08-07-2019, 06:12 PM
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Some states were already compliant with the federal regulations years ago. So you may be fine. Check your state DMV site.
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Old 08-07-2019, 06:13 PM
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But canít we just use our passports? Must we get a Real ID? Will regular driverís licenses no longer be issued after 2020?
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Old 08-07-2019, 06:13 PM
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I thought Florida was one of the states that required these early. Are you sure you don't already have one? You had to show your birth certificate, proof of residence, and proof of any name changes through marriage or divorce? I'm almost certain my Florida friends got theirs several years ago.


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Old 08-07-2019, 06:31 PM
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I believe you can use your passport instead. This type of identification will be required to enter federal buildings too, I think.
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Old 08-07-2019, 06:47 PM
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This does seem to be a mystery with lots of confusion in how they're transferring to this new type of ID. I wish the DMV would send a mass mailing to everyone in each state explaining this in detail (who needs it, who doesn't, when one might need it, etc.), but I don't know if they will.

I've still got to get a complete understanding too, but I understand pretty much all of it for my state and since I'm going to be traveling out of the country next summer, I plan to still get my passport too just in case. I don't want any hassle on my fun trip.
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Old 08-07-2019, 06:57 PM
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I would imagine a passport is still needed for international travel.
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Old 08-07-2019, 07:43 PM
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You can tell if you have a RealID by looking at your license and seeing if there is a star at the top right corner. If it doesnít you must have a RealID by October 2020 to fly within the US or visit military facilities. You still need a passport to fly internationally and can use a passport to fly within the US if you donít get a RealID. You must bring a passport or birth certificate, social security card, W2, or pay stub (something with your full social security number on it), and a piece of mail like utilities with your address to the DMV.

I got a RealID this summer and had to wait at the DMV twice. It took me three hours the second day. And it will still expire in two years because I renewed early. I renewed it because I figure the lines will only get longer and I will fly every year. I donít want to worry about bringing a passport every time I fly.
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Old 08-07-2019, 08:11 PM
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You will still need a passport for international travel.

The difference will be for domestic travel - if you donít have a Real Id, you would need to bring your passport with for domestic travel as well.


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Old 08-08-2019, 12:28 AM
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Florida was one of the states that did not have to do it early. However, it is what they have changed over to now. My renewal was up this year and I thought it was going to be a pain in the ass as I've heard others say. It wasn't. I was lucky enough that all I had to do was renew online, pay and they sent me the new one. Very easy! I was so happy.

BIO- check to see when your license is due for renewal. If it is soon, you'll get in the mail all the info you need in order to take care of it. If it is due after 2020, I would call and ask them how to proceed... ask them about renewing online- if you qualify and then you wont need to do all the paperwork crap.
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Old 08-08-2019, 02:44 AM
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I’m in Florida and do not have one yet. I will get one when I renew my license next. Florida began issuing them in 2010.

My renewal date is after October 2020. However, my passport expires way after that so I’m not concerned.

A passport will always trump a drivers license. It will only be a problem flying domestically for those that don’t have a passport.
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Old 08-08-2019, 03:23 AM
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In Ohio the Real ID drivers license is called a Compliant License and you need a whole lotta documentation to get one if you're a married or divorced woman and don't have a passport.
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Old 08-08-2019, 04:18 AM
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I donít understand how some of us need so much documentation and others can just get it sent in the mail. My daughter moved from one city to another in Texas and sent in her change of address. She got the RealID in the mail. No paper work, no long lines, no hassle!
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Old 08-08-2019, 04:47 AM
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When I reapplied for my passport, because mine was so far out of date, I was told having the passport would make get a Real ID easier. Ha ha ha, I had gotten the Real ID first!

In MASS, I was able to get my Real ID at AAA.
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Old 08-08-2019, 05:06 AM
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I got my passport first and it didnít make getting my RealID easier!
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Old 08-08-2019, 06:15 AM
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In RI, you can go to AAA for basic registry transactions. My DH got his in 10 minutes. I will get one when my lisence comes up for renewal. Why carry passport for domestic travel? I believe everyone needs to get one eventually...
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Old 08-08-2019, 06:54 AM
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Yes, thanks Tessa_Rue and Starr. Oh I will anyway.
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In NY, we can get an "Enhanced Driver's
Old 08-08-2019, 06:18 PM
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License," which is good to travel to Canada without a passport. I wonder if Real ID is the same thing.
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Old 08-08-2019, 08:05 PM
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They arenít the same, but an enhanced id will serve the same purpose as a real Id for domestic travel. Enhanced id costs more, Real is is the same cost as a regular id. Iím also in a state that offers enhanced ids.
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Old 08-09-2019, 04:16 AM
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I believe you still need a passport to go to Canada...
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juliet4 - I live on the Canadian border
Old 08-09-2019, 06:17 AM
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and have been to Canada many times with just my enhanced license. That is the purpose of it. Many people up here do not have passports, but frequently travel to Canada. I don't think it is adequate for air travel, and I doubt I would try to go to Mexico with it, but then, I only went to Mexico about two or three times when I lived in CA and cannot foresee any reason I would go there now.
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Old 08-09-2019, 09:54 AM
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juliet4 - if you have an enhanced drivers license (residents of NY, Vermont, Washington, Michigan, and Minnesota can get enhanced drivers licenses) you do not need a passport to enter Canada IF you are traveling by land (train, bus, car) or sea. You would still need a passport to fly to Canada.
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