66,000 Maryland residents are beginning to see recall notices for their driver's licenses and state identification cards. If you're not REAL ID compliant, this is what you need to know.
A while back, we told you about the new Maryland driver's licenses. Long story short, they're part of a federal initiative to tie additional documentation to Maryland resident records. This is part of new Homeland Security guidelines for boarding domestic flights and entering federal buildings.
Maryland residents who have not yet provided the necessary paperwork to be REAL ID compliant may soon have their licenses recalled as early as June 2019. This particular subset of recalls is for people who have been issued REAL ID cards without following up and providing the required documentation.
For example, if you renewed your driver's license by mail, your new card may LOOK like a REAL ID. But without the documentation, it will be subject to recall and confiscation.
Courtesy of Montgomery County
How can I tell if I am REAL ID compliant?
Anyone who is not currently REAL ID compliant will be getting a notice about the potential recall prior to June 1, 2019. You can also check online at the REAL ID lookup site and enter your driver's license number to determine your status.
What should I do if I'm not REAL ID compliant?
You will need to make an appointment with the Maryland MVA and bring in your required documents. If you have not yet been issued a REAL ID with the star symbol, you will get a new identification card or license at that time. Replacement card charges may apply.
If you do not get a REAL ID by the deadline on your recall notice, your driver's license or ID card can be confiscated if you are ever pulled over by the police. Make that appointment today!
For more information, read the Maryland MVA press release about the REAL ID compliance actions.
What has your experience been with getting a REAL ID? Let us know in the comments!