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New law makes it easier to get a REAL ID by October deadline

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Posted at 10:42 AM, Feb 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-23 10:42:43-05

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Thanks to a new law passed last year by the United States Congress, some Maryland residents may have an easier time obtaining their REAL ID by the October 1 deadline.

Now, anyone with their Social Security number already on file and verified with the MVA won't have to include a Social Security card when providing documents to obtain a REAL ID.

However, first time REAL ID customers still need to have proof of identity, social security, and two confirmations of address.

MVA Administrator Chrissy Nizer says the state has already reached 73% compliance.

The federal REAL ID Act was passed after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Once in effect, residents will be required to have a REAL ID compliant driver’s license or identification card to board a commercial aircraft or gain access to federal facilities.

Click here to renew online.

Customers who have not presented documents can make an appointment here.