Real talk about the REAL ID (Week 3)

January 16, 2020

GET YOUR REAL ID
DEADLINE:
OCTOBER 1, 2020

Even though the mandatory REAL ID is not required until October 1, 2020, you can begin upgrading to the REAL ID or requesting the REAL ID when renewing your driver’s license now. According to the Department of Homeland Security, REAL ID compliant cards are generally marked with a star located in the upper portion of the card. It can be a gold star, black star, star cutout in gold circle, star cut out in black circle or star cutout in gold grizzly bear. In Wisconsin, the state Division of Motor Vehicles issues REAL ID compliant products marked with a star in the upper portion of the card. to signify compliance. If you don’t see a star on your REAL ID, please bring it to the attention of your DMV service agent.

Entry into federal facilities

As of October 1, 2020, every resident in the state and territory in the United States will need to present a REAL ID compliant license or another acceptable form of identification (such as a passport or passport card) in order to access federal facilities including boarding a commercial flight.

Homeland Security notes that federal agencies have the authority to set their own minimum-security access requirements and, if desired, decide not to accept noncompliant marked cards before the October 1, 2020 deadline.

To ensure you have the proper identification, the Department of Homeland Security recommends you contact the federal agency you plan to visit in advance, to obtain information regarding identification requirements.

As a reminder, the REAL ID Act applies when an individual presents a state-issued driver’s license or identification card to a federal agency for an “official purpose” as defined in the Act and regulations, such as boarding a federally regulated commercial aircraft. Although a REAL ID card may not be necessary for other purposes such as driving, voting, banking, or applying for benefits or employment, the Department of Homeland Security recommends checking with the relevant state, local, or commercial entities regarding their specific identification requirements.

Beloved, if you are a veteran, your Wisconsin driver license may now include a veteran identifier. To get the veteran identifier on your driver’s license: Verify your eligibility with the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs. Contact the Veterans Benefits Resource Center at 1-800-WIS-VETS or VetExpress, or contact your local County Veterans Service Officer to obtain certification of your veteran status for the identifier.

Next Week: Conclusion

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