The Maryland MVA is asking for an unusual amount of documentation in order to renew your driver's license.
Getting your driver's license (or renewing it) at the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) is not necessarily a convenient process anyway. But things just got even more complicated for Maryland 3,000,000 drivers.
According to WJLA, 60 percent of Maryland drivers will need to obtain a Maryland REAL ID before October of 2020 in order to comply with federal law. The REAL ID is a federal security standard for IDs now, and Maryland residents will need to become compliant or else risk being denied access to federal facilities or commercial planes.
But here's the problem: residents have to provide four types of identification (to prove age, identity, and residence), and sometimes those documents are rejected -- specifically original hospital-issued birth certificates belonging to the elderly. The MVA won't accept older birth certificates, sending REAL ID seekers down to the health department to pay for an "acceptable" birth certificate before they can continue the process.
So, if you're in need of a Maryland REAL ID, here are the forms you will need:
- A copy of your birth certificate or your passport for proof of identity
- Your Social Security card
- Your driver's license
- A bill, bank statement, etc. to prove your Maryland residency
Plan ahead and give yourself plenty of time before the October 2020 deadline in case one or more of your identification forms is rejected. It is also recommended that you make an appointment with the MVA to have your license/ID renewed because you're guaranteed to be served within 15 minutes of the appointment time you set up.
What do you think about the new Maryland driver's license requirements? Have you had any issues renewing your license or ID? Share your story below!