begins issuing REAL ID driver
starts issuing new driver licenses and ID cards that comply with the federal REAL ID Act.
But chances are you don have to rush to get one.
The goal of the REAL ID Act of 2005 was to tackle weaknesses exposed during the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, when terrorists managed to get valid IDs and use them to board planes. drivers need to get the new cards, scannable ids which require you to bring documents to a Department of Motor Vehicles office verifying you are who you say you are.
The good news is, if you already have a District driver license or ID card in your wallet, it will remain valid until the expiration date. And you still be able to use it (until it expires) to get into federal buildings and board planes.
The only people who need to get a new license or ID card today are those applying for one for the first time, renewing because their current one has expired, or in need of a new one because theirs was lost or stolen or because they changed their address. filltrustid DMV phone line tells callers, is no need for residents to either visit DMV offices or call prior to the expiration date of their existing credential.
Also Thursday, the District begins issuing special purpose driver licenses and ID cards to illegal immigrants.
The cards cannot be used to enter federal buildings or nuclear plants, or board planes. They are marked with the words for federal official purposes to reflect these limitations.
The District says granting limited purpose driver licenses to illegal immigrants will help improve public safety and help users get around more easily. scannable ids For illegal immigrants who may be afraid to get one of these licenses for fear of possible deportation, protections are built in.