It might be time to check the status and expiration date of your driver’s license.
Kellie Early, district manager of State Representative Andrew Murr in Kerr County, said she had received calls from people about to renew their driver’s licenses and were unaware of some new requirements.
The Driver’s License division of the Texas Department of Public Safety website has a long list of documents proving citizenship or legal presence, identity, Texas residency, social security number, vehicle registration vehicle and proof of insurance.
Some are listed as “primary” or “secondary” or “supportive”.
Based on their Texas resident status, it seems prudent, based on these lists, to have with you, for a trip to the driver’s license office, your original or certified birth certificate and / or your unexpired US passport in more than the license being renewed.
The website says it is possible to book an appointment online, instead of showing up at the office, picking up a number and waiting.
The website also states that if you are 79 or older and hold a driver’s license or ID card, you must renew it in person at a driver’s license office. Call the DPS or visit the website for more information.
The Texas DPS website says it protects the citizens of Texas by only allowing people who are properly identified and able to demonstrate their ability to safely operate a motor vehicle on public roads.
The United States Congress passed the REAL ID Act in 2005 in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11 (2001).
The REAL ID Act requires states to adopt and implement uniform standards for the issuance and production of driver’s licenses and state-issued identity cards if they are to be accepted as identity documents by the government. federal government.
This law strengthens the integrity and security of state issued cards with the aim of reducing identity fraud and terrorism.
As of October 1, 2020, only state-issued driver’s licenses and ID cards fully compliant with REAL ID will be accepted for official federal government purposes, such as boarding domestic flights or entry into secure federal buildings.
Residents of the Kerrville area may have a greater need for compliant identification due to airplane theft than other scenarios. But there is a deadline next year, and you better be prepared.
What Compliant Cards Look Like
Texas began issuing REAL ID compliant cards in October 2016.
These are marked with a golden circle with an encrusted star, in the upper right corner.
All Texas driver’s licenses and ID cards, both compliant (star) and non-compliant (no star) are valid until the expiration date shown on the card.
If you replaced or renewed your card after October 10, 2016 and you have a golden star in the right corner, your card is REAL ID compliant and no further action is required on your part.
You can continue to use your compliant card for federal identification purposes until it expires.
If your card does not have the star, you can continue to use it after October 1, 2020, but it will only be accepted for state-related purposes, such as driving (driver’s license only) , banking and voting.
It will not be accepted as identification for federal purposes, including boarding on domestic airline flights.
For more information on the REAL ID Act, its impact on you, and renewing or replacing your card, the DPS âFrequently Asked Questionsâ are below.
1. What is the REAL ID?
REAL ID is a coordinated state and federal effort to combat terrorism, identity theft and other crimes by enhancing the accuracy and security of the driver’s license and card issuance process. identity.
The REAL ID Act was part of the Defense Emergency Supplementary Appropriations Act, the Global War on Terrorism and the Tsunami Relief Act; and adopted by the US Congress in 2005.
2. What has been the impact of the REAL ID Act on the driver’s license and ID card issuance process in Texas?
The REAL ID law established new minimum emission standards, including:
â¢ Require proof of identity, date of birth, social security number, legal status and primary residence address;
â¢ Verification of the authenticity of the documents presented for issuance;
â¢ The integration of additional security functions in the card;
â¢ And increase the security and confidentiality of personal information collected during the issuance process.
The Texas driver’s license and ID card issuance process conforms to these standards. They are not based on age, but to ensure the security of the driver’s license and ID card issuance process.
3. Does Texas Comply With The REAL ID Act?
Yes, Texas has implemented all security standards required by the REAL ID Act and began issuing compliant cards on October 10, 2016. The Texas REAL ID compliant card is marked with a circle with a star embedded in the card. upper right corner of the map.
4. How Does Texas Comply With The REAL ID Act Benefit Me?
Texans can use their current driver’s license or federal identification card to board domestic flights, enter federal facilities, and for other official federal purposes.
5. What would have happened if Texas chose not to comply with the REAL ID Act?
After October 1, 2020, Texas DL / ID cards would no longer be accepted for federal identification purposes, and Texas residents would not be able to board a domestic flight or enter federal facilities unless they have a other form of identification acceptable for federal purposes, such as as a US passport.
6. What should I do?
Because Texas is REAL ID Act compliant, all Texas driver’s licenses and ID cards are currently valid forms of identification for federal purposes.
â¢ Check your current license
If your card expires before October 1, 2022 and you do not have a star in the upper right corner, renew your driver’s license or ID before the October 1, 2020 deadline.
You can renew up to two years before your card expires.
If your card expires after October 1, 2022 and you want a REAL ID compatible card, you can request a duplicate card in person or through the website www.Texas.gov.
If you have a card issued on or after October 10, 2016 and you see a gold star in the upper right corner, it is a REAL ID Act compliant card and no further action is required to your part.
â¢ How to renew
If you received your renewal notice by mail, bring the required documents listed in your renewal notice.
If you haven’t received a renewal notice, are getting a replacement, or aren’t sure what to bring with you, there is a checklist to determine what documents you may have that will meet these requirements.
Although these documents are already on file with the Ministry, bringing them with you will minimize delays in renewing or replacing your driver’s license or identity card.
To determine if you are eligible for online renewal or if you need to obtain a replacement card, visit www.texas.gov.
7. Why was a notice mailed to me asking me to renew sooner?
Notices are sent to remind customers that they can renew their DL card or ID card up to two years before expiration to provide customers with sufficient notice to receive a REAL ID compliant card by the deadline. October 1, 2020 if they wish. .
8. I do not fly on domestic flights and do not visit federal facilities. Do I still have to get a compliant card?
No. As long as your existing Texas DL is still valid and has not expired, it is acceptable to drive on any public highway nationwide, and an ID card will continue to be valid for the purpose of driving. non-federal identification. However, when you renew, you will receive a REAL ID compliant card.
9. I have both a Texas driver’s license and an ID card. Can I keep both?
No. REAL ID and Texas law only allow a person to hold a driver’s license or ID card, not both. Check out the law by visiting section 521.183 of the Texas Transportation Code.
10. Does the REAL ID Act create a national driver information database?
No. Driver information is securely held by the Texas Department of Public Safety and is not entered into a national database.
11. Do cards marked according to REAL ID contain an electronic chip?
No. Texas driver’s licenses and ID cards do not contain microchips. Some states issue an enhanced driver’s license or an ID card containing an RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) chip to facilitate quick identification checks at federal border checkpoints. Texas does not participate in this program.
12. What if I do not currently have a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or ID card and do nothing before October 1, 2020?
If your driver’s license is still valid, you can continue to use it for non-federal purposes, such as driving a motor vehicle, voting, or banking. You will no longer be able to use it for federal identification purposes, such as boarding domestic flights or entering secure federal facilities, after October 1, 2020.
If you attempt to present a non-compliant Texas driver’s license or ID after October 1, 2020, the Transportation Security Administration or other federal security agency will determine whether you allow access / entry, or subject you to an additional check as prescribed by this body.