REAL ID DRIVER’S LICENSE
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Real ID Deadline: May 3, 2023
In response to the COVID-19 virus, The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that it is extending the REAL ID Act of 2005 (P.L. 109-13) deadline until May 3, 2023.
WHAT IS A REAL ID DRIVERS LICENSE?
Real ID is a name given to this type of credential that is federally compliant across all 50 states. The Real ID Act of 2005 was passed after the 9/11 terror attacks, and it establishes minimum security standards for state-issued Driver’s Licenses and Identification cards that can be used for official federal purposes. It also verifies that the person applying for this type of credential is in fact who they claim they are. How does this benefit you? It improves homeland security, it will also make it less of a hassle to go through TSA and fly domestically. It will also help you enter federal buildings, military bases, and other locations that require you to have federally compliant identification.
WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE APPLYING FOR A REAL ID DRIVER’S LICENSE
If you are applying for a first-time Real ID Drivers License, you will need to provide the required documents that are mentioned below. A Real ID Drivers License gives you the same driving privileges as a regular driver’s license. Keep in mind that all of your license endorsements and restrictions will carry over onto your Real ID. Once you apply for your Real ID Drivers License, we will give you back your original license with a “void” hole punched in it. You will also receive a temporary printout of your Real ID that is valid for 45 days. You will need to carry the original license and the paper printout until you receive your Real ID Drivers License in the mail. All licenses are printed and mailed by the State of New Mexico. Please allow up to 3 weeks for you to receive your new license in the mail.
Information Regarding Name Changes
- If your proof of identity document does not contain your current full legal name, you must present official documents reflecting any name changes. This may include a marriage certificate, divorce decree, adoption records, or court order.
- If you have had multiple name changes, you must present official documents for each name change. Divorce decrees must reference the maiden name or former name before marriage.
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR A REAL ID DRIVER’S LICENSE
At MVD Now, we want to save you the headache. Our goal is for you to make one quick trip to the MVD. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. You can call us at (505) 341-2683 or email us directly through our contact form. Here are the documents that you will need to provide in order to apply for your REAL ID Driver’s License.
- One (1) proof of identity │ View a list of acceptable documents
- One (1) proof of federal identification number (SSN) │ View a list of acceptable documents
- Two (2) proofs of New Mexico residency │ View a list of acceptable documents
You have the option of purchasing a 4yr or 8yr Real ID Driver’s License. If you are 79 years old or greater, your Real ID Driver’s License will be issued for 1 year. We will return all of your original documents once we make copies of them. If you have your proofs of residency on your smartphone, we can gladly help you print them in our office. You will email your proof of residency to the agent that will be helping you.
WHY CHOOSE MVD NOW FOR YOUR REAL ID DRIVER’S LICENSE?
We understand that your time is valuable. That is why we strive to help you make one quick trip! You can walk into any of our 7 locations in Albuquerque or Bernalillo, or schedule an appointment. If you schedule an appointment, one of our friendly MVD agents will contact you to verify your documents and make sure that you have everything you need for a smooth transaction. Come experience our customer service, speed, and efficiency. We break the MVD stereotype!
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