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Real ID a Real Pain

February 26th, 2010 by flanews

Thousands of Florida drivers are unable to renew their driver licenses because of new federal restrictions. The Real ID standards went into effect on January first and require you to provide more identification. As Whitney Ray tells us, many people have lost or destroyed the birth certificates and social security cards they need to get a license.

David Kirkland has missed hours of work and made multiple trips to the DMV just to renew his drivers license.

Here, then over to the Social Security Office, back home to get a couple of things of mail, said Kirkland.

New federal restrictions require four forms of ID to get a license. Since the Real ID program began in January, half a million people have received a Florida license; thats down 260-thousand drivers from a year ago. Marsha Allen wasnt aware of the new requirements.

I discovered that I need four different types of verification just to get a renewal and Ive been driving for over 20 years, said Marsha.

She headed back home Friday to get her birth certificate, passport, social security card, and a couple of utility bills.

People who arent able to find their documents have to attempt to replace them, but theres a catch 22 because many of the agencies that renew the documents require a drivers license.

DMV Spokeswoman Ann Howard says licensing offices will work with people who encounter road blocks.

Just bring in as much documentation as you have and we will work with you one-on-one, said Howard.

The new restrictions were adopted after 9/11 when several of the terrorists were able to get Florida licenses. Real ID is supposed to weed out the bad guys.
For more information about what is needed to get a Real ID go to www.GatherGoGet.com

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