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Press Release

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Contact:
Michael D. Todd, DOS PIO
O: (603) 223-3641; C: (603) 892-8196

REAL ID will be available in January

Residents seeking a REAL ID compliant card should wait until their normal card renewal period

CONCORD, NH – New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) announced today that REAL ID compliant licenses will be available starting on January 2, 2017 and that residents wishing to obtain a REAL ID compliant card should wait until their normal card renewal period to visit their local DMV office.

Current New Hampshire driver licenses and non-driver identification cards will be accepted for travel at airports and entry into secure federal facilities until Oct. 1, 2020. After that date, anyone with a non-compliant card wishing to travel by air or to access a secure federal facility will need to provide additional identification such as a U.S. passport.

"The DMV was closely following HB 1616 as it made its way through the NH House and Senate this session," Division of Motor Vehicles Director Elizabeth Bielecki said. "At this point, we are confident that we will be ready to issue REAL ID compliant driver licenses and identification cards on January 2, 2017, as the bill requires."

REAL ID compliant cards are not mandatory and cost the same as the non-compliant cards, Bielecki said. Individuals seeking a REAL ID compliant card should wait until their normal renewal period to visit their local DMV office, she said.

Applying for a REAL ID compliant card must be done in person and requires additional documentation than that required for a non-compliant card. Anyone interested in obtaining a REAL ID compliant card can find more information at https://www.nh.gov/safety/divisions/dmv/.

The DMV will also make educational materials available at DMV offices and will include materials with card renewal forms sent to current card holders.


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