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The Move to Real ID

January 4th, 2010 by flanews

Florida drivers trying to renew their licenses are running into some new road blocks.
Today was the first day the state began requiring extra identification in order to renew a license or ID card. As Whitney Ray tells us, drivers unfamiliar with the new requirements are being sent home to get more identification.

Renewing a drivers license just became more demanding. Florida is one of the first states to enact Real ID regulations. Real ID is a federal program passed after 9/11 to make it harder for people to lie about who they are.

Kimani Franklin wasnt aware of the new requirements and was sent home to get more information.

Its getting to the point where you have to have a filing cabinet in your car, said Kimani.

To get a Real ID you need four forms of Identification; a passport, social security card, or birth certificate will verify who you are, bills or a W2 form will verify where you live, but what will no longer work is an old Florida drivers license

Brenda Green showed up at the DMV worried she didnt have enough documentation. After rummaging through her purse she found an old utility bill, and got her Real ID.
She calls the new process taxing, but understands why the government is asking for more.

I think its really crap, but I understand too that there are so many things going on now in the world so you dont really know, said Brenda.

After Kimani returned, he qualified for the new ID, but didnt leave with it. The DMV doesnt take VISA.

One word, frustrating, said Kimani.

A pain in the neck for drivers, but comfort to national security workers who says the new standards could help keep terrorists off planes and out of the country. For a more detailed list of what you need to get a Real ID, go to www.gathergoget.com

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