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Rhode Island ID Update

The Rhode Island Department of Motor Vehicles started issuing newly designed driver’s licenses and state ID cards on July 19th.  This change is the first one since 2003.

The Rhode Island DMV decided to do this as a security measure.  Like many other states that have recently implemented this sort of change, the goal is to protect its citizens against identity theft and prevent counterfeiting. The new security features on the ID will make it more difficult for the IDs to be replicated. The IDs will also bring the state towards Real ID Act compliance. Old ID cards are still valid until their expiration and the fee for the new cards will not change.

 

Some of the new features include:

  • Optically variable pattern
  • Background features Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge
  • Large image of ID holder as well as a smaller, faded image
  • Date of birth printed in 3 locations
  • Ink that glows when exposed to a UV light
  • Tamper resistant

 

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Image from DMV RI


NBC 10 News reports on a state press release which states, “The Division of Motor Vehicles will transition driver’s licenses to the more secure cards this month, along with the installation of cameras at work stations at DMV and AAA offices around the state,” the release noted. “The cameras are part of a streamlined process that will be introduced with the new cards. Instead of having to go to two work stations to complete their transactions, all work can be done at one station.”

Please note that this ID update was made available to all of IDScan.net’s software users before the IDs were released and will be avaialble for download here.

To learn more about the new Rhode Island IDs, click here.

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Real ID Act Impacts Air Force Base Access

Air Force Bases Restrict Access to those with Minnesota, Missouri, Washington & American Samoa IDs

Beginning August 15th,  no Defense Department installation will accept IDs from Minnesota, Missouri, Washington or American Samoa. Some of these installations include U.S. Air Force bases, Holloman and Patrick.

Other sectors of the U.S. Defense Department, including the Navy, Marine Corps and Army stopped accepting identification that was not compliant with the Real ID Act in the early part of this year. The U.S. Air Force bases decided to wait to enforce the Real ID requirements until they received further direction according to Military.com.

The U.S. Air Force bases changed the identification requirements so they would  be in compliance with enforcing the Real ID Act.  Maj. Megan Hall , 45th Security Forces Squadron commander states, “Implementation of the Real ID Act will bring us into compliance with the congressionally-mandated identification standards.”

The Holloman Air Force Base located in Otero County, New Mexico and the Patrick Air Force base, located in Brevard County, Florida have each stated that alternative forms of proper identification will be accepted and that the rules will not affect current military members, dependents or retirees.

Some of the forms of identification that will be accepted at U.S. Air Force bases include:

  • U.S. or foreign government passport
  • Employment authorization documents which include a photo
  • ID cards issued by federal, state or local government agencies that include a “photo and biographical information.”
  • Enhanced driver’s licenses from Minnesota or Washington

 

U.S. Air Force Base Entrance

U.S. Air Force Base Entrance. Image from Military.com


To learn more about the Real ID Act and its impact on U.S. Airforce bases, click here. For a refresher on the Real ID Act, click here.

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Utah ID Update

The Driver License Division in Utah’s Department of Public Safety started issuing new driver’s licenses and state ID cards in June of this year.  The replacement process will take around 5 years.

Utah DPS decided to do this as a security measure.  Like many other states that have done this recently, the goal is to protect its citizens against identity theft and prevent counterfeiting. The new security features on the ID will make it more difficult for the IDs to be replicated. The IDs are also compliant with the Real ID Act. An extra security precaution includes mailing the new IDs from a secure MVA facility, so counterfeiters will have a reduced chance to access the equipment that produces the IDs as well as personal information.

Some of the new features include:

  • Laser perforation
  • Laser engraving
  • Beehive graphic to be embedded into the new cards

 

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Image from Utah.gov


 

The Utah DPS contracted MorphoTrust USA to make the enhancements with a 5 year agreement. Morphotrust USA President and CEO, Bob Eckel stated, “MorphoTrust is delighted to continue to grow our nearly 50-year partnership with the Utah Driver License Division.” “Our mission is to secure, protect and simplify the lives of the American people and we are priveleged to be able to work with the great state of Utah to provide them with the enhanced personalized security features and new ‘look and feel’ for their driver’s license they required.

Please note that this ID update was made available to all of IDScan.net’s software users before the IDs were released and will be avaialble for download here.

To learn more about the new Utah IDs, click here.

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Massachusetts Real ID Act Updates

Bill H4450 Brings Massachusetts into Compliance with Federal Real ID Law

Massachusetts Real ID Act


Important Dates in the Massachusetts Real ID Act Implementation Process

June 30th, 2016Massachusetts House and Senate Pass Bill H4450 which includes the passage to bring Massachusetts to Real ID Act compliance.
July 11th, 2016Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signs bill with several vetoes and amendments.
July 23rd, 2016House and Senate roll call majority of Governor Baker's vetoes.

What does this mean for Massachusetts residents in regards to Real ID Act?

Fall 2017Massachusetts RMV will start issuing Real ID cards.
October 2020Real ID cards are required to board a domestic flight or enter a federal building.
5 yearsThe new security enhancements in the card will be released over this period of time.
Massachusetts Real ID Act

Image of sample Real ID, image from Beacon Hill Patch

To learn more about the Real ID Act in Massachusetts, click here. To learn more about the Real ID Act in general, click here. To learn about how IDScan.net can help you stay on top of changes in ID formatting, subscribe to our blog or call us at 888-430-8936!

LA Governor John Bel Edwards Prepares for Real ID Bill

On Monday, May 30th the Louisiana Senate voted to pass a bill that allows residents to decide whether they want a driver’s license or other state ID card that is compliant with the Real ID Act.

The bill was proposed by Louisiana State Senator Yvonne Dorsey-Colomb (pictured below) and passed with a 28-9 vote. Governor John Bel Edwards plans to sign the bill into law.

Proponents of the bill believe that Louisiana residents should have this option in order to protect their privacy.

As discussed in our last blog post, opponents of the Real ID Act feel that it violates privacy and makes it easier for hackers to obtain personal information due to the fact that the information will go into a database that is shared between states.

To learn more about this bill click here.


Real ID bill

Image from the Washington Times

Need a refresher on the Real ID Act? Click here.

Illinois Transitions to Real ID Compliance

Illinois will change the way they issue IDs as part of its efforts to become compliant with the Real ID Act.

According to the Department of Homeland Security, Illinois, along with Minnesota, Missouri, and Washington are not compliant with the Real ID Act.

Illinois will begin the process to become compliant this summer. Tuesday, May 24th, Jesse White, Illinois Secretary of State, announced the steps Illinois will take to achieve compliance. Beginning in July, new licenses and other state ID cards will be mailed to the applicant after they pass a number of fraud checks. In the meantime, the applicant will receive a temporary paper to serve as their identification.

DHS has created the following deadlines:

  • All U.S. Residents flying domestically will be able to use a driver’s license orother form of identification accepted by TSA until January 2018.
  • Beginning January 22nd, 2018, residents must present an alternative form ofidentification unless they are a resident of one of the states which has been granted an extension.
  • Beginning October 1st, 2020, all U.S. residents are required to have a Real IDcompliant license or another form of TSA-approved identification for domestic airtravel.

Jim Harper quote

We have discussed the Real ID Act in previous blog posts, but we have not covered the reasoning for states such as Illinois’ hesitance in becoming compliant. According to the Examiner, several states have not wanted to transition to Real ID compliance because they feel it minimizes states’ rights as well as individual privacy.

Federal funding for Real ID compliance is only issued to states that agree to link their databases to other states so information between DMVs can be shared.

As discussed in Cynthia Hodges’ article on the Examiner, Jim Harper, Director of Information Policy Studies at the Free-Market CATO Insitute and a member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Data Privacy and Data Committee, states, “The Real ID Act represents a transfer of power from individuals to institutions, and that transfer threatens liberty, enables identity fraud, and subjects people to unwanted surveillance.”

While there is controversy surrounding the act, the majority of states are compliant or are in the process of becoming so. We will continue to keep readers updated on the act.

To check the status of your state’s compliance on the Real ID Act, click here.

Update-The Real ID Act: How it will Affect Louisiana Residents

 In November, we told you about the Real ID Act, and how it would affect                    Louisiana residents. Here is a quick recap:

 

 

 

What is the Real ID Act?

 

  • Congress passed the REAL ID Act in 2005 as a repsonse to the 9/11 attacks.
  • Part of the act, requires residents to show proof of citizenship or residency in order to obtain a license. Louisiana is one of the states that does not require this.
  • As a result, Louisiana’s non compliance, residents of the state will have to show additional identification when traveling domestically.
  • Louisiana was granted an extension which would allow Federal agencies to accept the state’s driver’s licenses until October 10th, 2016.
 

 

 

What is the status of the act?

According to NOLA.com, on Tuesday, March 22nd the Senate Transportation Comittee approved legislation that will reverse former Governor Boby Jindal’s veto to the Real ID Act from 2014. If this new bill passes, the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles may immediately commence to issue drivers licenses and state identification cards that will be accepted at airports and many federal buildings.

What’s next for Louisiana Residents?

If the bill does not pass, beginning in January 2018, Louisiana residents may not be able to fly domestically unless they have the required form of identification such as a passport, passport card, etc. If the law does pass, Louisiana residents will be able to utilize their driver’s licenses to travel domestically until 2020. While Louisiana Residents have at least until January of 2018 before their domestic travel might be affected, it is advised that they begin thinking about whether they want to obtain the type of ID that will be required for domestic travel. Government officials say that the DMVs will be overflowing with activity as the deadline approaches.

 

 

Some States Receive Additional Implementation Time for the Real ID Act

According to an article on Politico.com, the Department of Homeland Security is extending the deadline for certain states which have not yet incorporated the changes to driver’s licenses as outlined in the Real ID Act.

Need a reminder of the Real ID Act? See below:

  • It was created to “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver’s licenses.”
  • Real ID Act was passed in 2005 in response to 9/11
  • Residents must show proof of citizenship or residency in order to obtain driver’s license

Real ID

For more information on the Real ID Act, click on the image above.


While the states (Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico and Washington) that received the two year extension are grateful for it, others are less than thrilled. Some industry law-makers fear that the states will not be motivated enough to take the necessary steps to actually execute the implementation.

What are your thoughts?

Domestic Travel Changes for Louisiana Residents

Louisiana Residents Require Additional ID for Domestic Travel


 

 

 

licenseCongress passed the REAL ID Act in 2005 as a response to the 9/11 attacks. Part of the act, requires residents to show proof of citizenship or residency in order to obtain a license. Louisiana is one of the states that does not require this.

 

 

 

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As a result of Louisiana’s non compliance to the REAL ID Act, residents of the state will have to show additional identification other than their driver’s license to travel domestically.

 

 

personAccording to the Department of Homeland Security, Louisiana has an extension, allowing Federal agencies to accept driver’s licenses until October 10th, 2016. However, other sources say, Louisiana residents will have to use other forms of identification while travelling starting in January of 2016. Accepted forms of ID will include:

*Military of governmental IDs

* Passport

* Passport Card

* Enhanced Driver’s License

* DHS Trusted Traveler Cards