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Tougher Drivers’ License Renewal Requirements Coming

December 21st, 2009 by Mike Vasilinda

Navigating state drivers license offices could soon be a little tougher. Starting January first, motorists will need at least four forms of identification to get or renew a license. And as Mike Vasilinda tells us, your current license doesnt count as one of the forms.

Real ID is the federal law enacted after 9/11. It requires people getting their drivers license for the first time, or renewing a license, to provide definite proof of who they are.

We really hope that our customers will prepare themselves for their visit and hope that it will be very little inconvenience, if any, to them,” Dave Westberry, with the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, said.

A passport or certified birth certificate are the primary identification required. Youll also need your social security card or proof of wages from form W2. Then youll have to prove where you live. Two utility bills, a voter registration or mail from the government will do.

Under the new requirements, the one thing that doesnt count as proof of who you are, is your old drivers license.

Judith Rose changed her name…and almost got snagged.

Most people up for renewal, like HC Williams, will get a letter, telling them what to bring.

Everything was pretty swift,” Williams said. “Real fast. No long wait, thank goodness.

Motorists will get one chance to renew online, but after 2014, anyone without the new certified license could have trouble getting on a plane or elsewhere where an official ID is required.

You can find out what youll need on line at www.gathergoget.com/online. HC Williams brought everything he needed.

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