I just wanted to let you know I renewed my Ga.State Drivers License today. It only took me 6 weeks, even though I've had a Ga. Drivers License for
over 16 years.
Thanks to a new Federal program called, the Real ID Act. You too will have to jump through barbed wire hoops to renew your *existing* drivers
license. As of right now, only 13 States have implemented the Real ID Act, my State being one of them.
Here is a bit of info, I hope will give you a heads up. My State sent nothing out in the mail informing us of the new law, nor even had it on their
website until enough of us complained to get it posted on the DMV sites.
I had to bring in my ORIGINAL, NOT A COPY, Birth Certificate. I'm 62 years old, and it took some time to find that document. I also had to, because
my last name, through marriage, is not the same as on my BC, had to provide every single document of marriage, divorce, and any name changes. With
original documents.not copies.
Also had to provide a bank statement with proof of address. Also had to give a certified copy of the title to my home, had to go to the court house
and get a certified copy of my latest property tax bill.. Also had to provide SS card, and at least one utility bill sent to me at my home address.
One other Woman back for her 4th time, was having to provide a copy of her signed lease and apartment manager contact number...why in Gods name they
needed that, I don't know.
For me, it took 3 trips to the DMV, having documents not accepted because they said the Federal Law required *certified* copies of all documents.
They then scanned every single document in and sent them to a central Federal Government Computer, bank, to do a Federal ID check on me, looking
for any reason I should not get my drivers license renewed. That took 15 mins for the return approval from the Federal Computer Bank, to get my
License. Then I was charged an extra $20.00 over and beyond the regular fee, for the Government to do an ID check on me...that I had to pay
separately from the my State fee.
So far 25 States are fighting this new law...but they have been told THEY MUST COMPLY. This is a Nation wide, Federal Law. No one can opt out.
I find this so invasive...I left the DMV in tears of relief to just be able to drive my legally registered car, to my legally owned home.
Here is the info you will need to renew your Drivers License in the 13 States now in compliance with this new Federal Law. Don't even bother going in
without the required documents...there is NO wiggle room....
I was also informed my State will soon require a REAL ID ACT drivers license or card to board a plane for travel.
Read this and weep.....Real ID ACT Homeland Security run amok....
Iowa to adopt controversial driver's license program
William Petroski, The Des Moines Register9:21a.m. EST January 3, 2013
Program would force applicants to meet federal standard rules for ID verification.
Ben Stone, executive director of the Iowa chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, said his organization has concerns the program's
requirements may be a burden to many Iowans. People will be required to present documents that establish their identity and date of birth, Social
Security number, residential address and their lawful presence in the United States.
In other states, people have run into problems when their records were lost or damaged in natural disasters, birth certificates were never issued or
were issued with errors, or a person was raised under a different name than what's on the birth certificate.
ACLU officials noted that other states have already rejected large parts of the REAL ID program, which they describe as an ill-conceived attempt to
turn state driver's licenses into a national ID card. Twenty-five states have passed resolutions rejecting REAL ID, and in 15 states, it is illegal
for state officials to comply with the law, ACLU officials said.
Iowa is among 13 states that have met requirements of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for the REAL ID program. The others are Colorado,
Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, West Virginia and Wyoming.
REAL ID ACT
REAL ID Act
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Real ID Act of 2005 Great Seal of the United States.
Full title To establish and rapidly implement regulations for State driver's license and identification document security standards, to prevent
terrorists from abusing the asylum laws of the United States, to unify terrorism-related grounds for inadmissibility and removal, and to ensure
expeditious construction of the San Diego border fence.
ETA: My rural DMV office is only open 2 days a week. During the 2+ hours I was there today...out of about 50 people who came in for DL renewal...I
only saw 3 other people meet the requirements with documents to get it done....I'm so glad it only took me 3 trips.
edit on 29-3-2013 by Destinyone because: (no reason given)