Thu, Jan 9, 2014 11:54 AM
A new kind of driver's license and non-driver's identification is
now available at offices of the Vermont Department of Motor
Starting Thursday, Jan. 2, Vermonters will be able to obtain REAL
ID compliant identification in person at all motor vehicles
The federal REAL ID Act (passed in 2005) is designed to promote
security by requiring states to meet "certain physical and
procedural security standards for production and issuance of DLs
(driver's licenses) and ID cards, as well as certain documentation
standards, including authentication and verification standards for
proof of identity, date of birth, Social Security number,
residence, and lawful status or presence."
To obtain a REAL ID, people will need an original or certified copy
of their birth certificate or other proof of identity, and proof of
U.S. citizenship or lawful presence in the United States. People
will also need proof of their Social Security numbers.
Most Vermonters will be able to obtain a REAL ID when they renew
their licenses. Everyone will be required to have a REAL ID by Dec.
1, 2017, to comply with federal guidelines. The federal compliance
date for people born after Dec. 1, 1964, is Dec. 1, 2014.
After that date, federal officials may require REAL ID-approved
identification when boarding an aircraft, entering federal
facilities that require ID and entering nuclear power plants,
according to documents on the state's website.
If you have another form of federal identification you can use for
these purposes, such as a valid U.S. passport or passport card, you
may decide you don't need a REAL ID marked card.
Because Vermont already produces cards that meet the REAL ID
security standards, there will be almost no material differences.
They will be made of the same materials; offer the same security
features designed to prevent tampering, counterfeiting or
duplication; contain the same information; and have the same
The only significant physical difference will be a star
verification mark on the front of the card in the upper, right-hand