Albany, NY – May 6, 2016 – The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has submitted a plan to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that keeps New York State compliant with REAL ID laws.
The plan calls for giving New Yorkers the option of getting one of three ID documents, including a new REAL ID document that DMV will begin producing no later than January 1, 2019, at the same cost as a regular license. The proposal is still being considered by the federal government and is subject to change.
“All New York State IDs are currently acceptable to use for REAL ID purposes, such as getting into federal buildings and for use to board domestic flights,” said DMV Executive Deputy Commissioner Terri Egan. “We anticipate that all documents now issued will remain acceptable until October 1, 2020, and that New Yorkers in the coming years will have the choice of either a REAL ID-compliant ID or other IDs that best suit their needs for the same cost. We are committed to doing all we can to ensure customers understand their options and have the best experience possible at the DMV.”
The REAL ID Act is a federal law passed by Congress after 9/11 that establishes specific federal requirements for state-issued driver licenses and identity cards to be accepted for certain federal purposes, like entering a federal building or boarding a domestic flight. Although it was passed in 2005, it will not fully go into effect until 2020.
REAL ID-compliant IDs require applicants to show proof of citizenship or legal presence, which must be done in person in DMV offices. The DMV will continue to offer a non-federal driver license and ID cards for out-of-state military personnel, college students and others using secure procedures, but they will not be able to be used for REAL ID purposes.