13028 Leroy Center Road
Leroy Township, Ohio 44077


REAL ID less than a year from becoming a reality.

Congress passed the REAL ID Act in 2005 in response to the terrorist attacks on 9/11.  Its priority is to strengthen the integrity and security of state-issued cards in an effort to reduce identity fraud and terrorism.

The law also affects how states issue driver’s licenses and ID cards and if they will be acceptable for federal purposes like boarding domestic flights or entering federal buildings that require federally acceptable ID upon entry.  A federally acceptable form of identification – whether it’s a RREAL ID driver’s license or ID card, a valid U.S. passport/passport card, a military ID, etc. – must be used for the purposes on and after the due date.

There is no requirement to obtain a REAL ID.  States will continue to offer standard-issued driver’s licenses and photo IDs.

Customers in Ohio can obtain a REAL ID by presenting documents for verification and processing to their Bureau of Motor Vehicles.  Federal regulations require that to be issued a REAL ID-compliant product, the following documents must be verified:

    • Original or certified copy of a birth certificate filed with the State Office of Vital Records/Statistics with a raised seal/embossed or valid, unexpired, U.S. passport.
    • Social security card, in current legal name.
    • Two proofs of current and physical address.
    • Proof of all legal name changes.  Examples include a certified marriage certificate(s) issued by the County Court for each marriage, court order(s) approving a change in legal name or amended birth certificate issued by the State Office of Vital Records/Statistics.  If current name is the same as what is reflected on proof-of-identity document, a customer does not need to show proof of legal name changes.

When customers get their first REAL ID product, they pay a one-time fee of $30, as well as the applicable renewal fee – current renewal fee is $30.50 for a four-year non-commercial driver’s license, and $31.50 for a photo ID.  The expiration date of their first REAL ID product will include time remaining on their existing non-REAL ID product, plus an added four years, unless the customer is older than 65 and has a two-year license.

This expiration-date structure means that customers won’t “lose” time for which they’ve already paid.  After the first REAL ID product expires, customers pay no added fee, beyond regular renewal fees, to renew a REAL ID product.

REAL ID-compliant products are marked with a gold star in the upper right corner.  Standard-issued (noncompliant) products include the phrase “NOT FOR REAL ID PURPOSES”, per federal regulations.

The deadline is quickly approaching.
(Taken from July 2022 AAA magazine)

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