The Move to Real ID

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 wasn’t aware of the new requirements and was sent home to get more information.

“It’s 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 didn’t 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 it’s really crap, but I understand too that there are so many things going on now in the world so you don’t really know,” said Brenda.

After Kimani returned, he qualified for the new ID, but didn’t leave with it. The DMV doesn’t 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.


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