For the sake of speeding up the process: the United States will simplify the filing of documents for Real ID
Federal officials will allow applicants to receive a Real ID to file the necessary documents electronically. This is done to help states meet the deadline when Real IDs become mandatory - until October 1, 2020. Writes about this USA Today.
Anyone who plans to fly inland from October 1 must have an ID that complies with the Real ID Act, which is aimed at improving the safety of air travel.
According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), nearly 100 million Americans have a new Real ID. However, Chad Wolfe, the acting head of DHS, said that two-thirds of Americans still do not have the relevant documents.
“Ensuring that each state meets Real ID requirements by October is one of the department’s top priorities,” Woolf said in a statement. “Despite the progress made, we still have a lot of work ahead.”
The US Travel Association in October confirmed to a Senate subcommittee that 78 passengers may be denied boarding at airport checkpoints when the Real ID requirement comes into force. It could cost the US economy more than $ 500 million.
Tori Barnes, Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Politics, called DHS a step forward. However, she said that the department still has to make "significant policy changes."
"The problem remains that tens of millions of Americans do not yet have an ID that complies with the Real ID Act, and we will not solve this problem," Barnes said in a statement.
The department requested ideas from the public on how to expedite the process. As a result, DHS accepted the idea of electronic filing.
“Rest assured, the department will continue to explore other viable options to improve this process and will do its best to inform Americans of the requirement to obtain a Real ID by October,” Wolfe said.
Previously, those wishing to obtain a Real ID had to collect all the documents and personally submit them at the offices of the Department of Vehicles (DMV) in their state. Each state now has the right to allow electronic submission of documents. If such a decision is made, it will save time for applicants. It is worth noting that applicants still have to bring all the necessary documents with them to the DMV office before receiving a Real ID - the specialist will check their compliance with what was submitted in the electronic application.
What documents must be submitted to obtain a Real ID:
Identification card with date of birth and full name. Eligible documents include:
- Valid, non-expired US passport or passport card;
- Original or Certified US Birth Certificate;
- Valid, not expired permanent resident card (green card);
- Social Security Card, Form W-2, or payment receipt with Social Security number.
Proof of residence. Eligible documents include:
- Utility bill;
- Mortgage account;
- Act or title to residential property;
- Insurance documents;
- Lease contract.
Individual states may have additional requirements, so it’s best to check the list of documents in your DMV.
Are there alternatives for travelers besides Real ID
A passport or passport card also complies with the Real ID Act requirement for travel. You can also use Global Entry cards (for travelers from the United States returning from abroad).
A corresponding Real ID Act driver license usually has a star at the top. The states of Michigan, New York, Vermont, Minnesota, and Washington issue flagged extended driver licenses that meet Real ID requirements.
PreCheck enrollment from the US Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) does not meet the requirements of the Real ID Act.
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