The process of obtaining a coveted Real ID driver’s license — which can be used as identification for domestic air travel and for entering federal buildings after May 3, 2023 — just got a little easier.
Starting June 15, drivers will no longer need to present a Social Security card or other documentation to prove their Social Security number, thanks to changes to the federal Real Identity Law that allows verification electronically a social security number from the Social Security Administration. database. This change applies to Real ID and standard driver’s licenses and non-driver ID cards, MVC officials said.
State Motor Vehicle Commission officials announced the change Monday to comply with the federal Real-Identity Modernization Act. This law simplified the application process by eliminating the requirement for a driver to provide documentation proving their social security number.
MVC Chief Administrator Sue Fulton issued a waiver on Monday to comply with the federal law, which takes effect Wednesday.
This federal law, passed in December 2020, replaces a 2019 state law that requires applicants for New Jersey licenses or non-driver ID cards to present documents, such as a Social Security card or a W-2 form, to prove their social security number. This change also gives drivers applying for a standard license the same break.
It also allows the MVC to reuse existing photographs of drivers taken by the state and used to issue a person’s current driver’s license or ID card. Photographs are stored as part of their official state record.
The state must still verify the applicant’s social security number with the Social Security Administration. If the number and information provided does not match the administration’s information, the application will be denied, VMC officials said.
The VMC currently performs this verification electronically during the license transaction or in-person identification of the applicant.
The changes come as drivers have less than a year to obtain a Real ID license for domestic air travel, sparking a series of appointments at MVC licensing centers. On May 16, the MVC released thousands of additional appointments for drivers to change their license to a Real ID license at agencies.
Drivers can also obtain a Real ID permit when renewing their driver’s license in person at an agency, as long as they bring the necessary nine points of identification with them.
New Jersey began issuing real-world ID licenses and non-driver ID cards in September 2019, gradually expanding them to more state Motor Vehicle Commission agencies as it goes. staff were trained.
After a final extension, May 3, 2023, is the date travelers should remember when Real ID security standards come into effect for flying within the country.
For more information on the requirements for a standard or REAL ID license or non-driver ID card in New Jersey, visit the MVC website at NJMVC.gov.
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