REAL ID phase 3 to be implemented. Are you compliant?

In 2004, the 9/11 Commission report found that “For terrorists, travel documents are as important as weapons.”  In response to these findings the REAL ID Act was ratified in 2005 to make driver’s licenses more difficult to forge, in an attempt to secure our boarders.  Met with bipartisan support, the act was ratified quickly.

However, a small group of states including Oklahoma, Arizona, Maine, and Louisiana opposed the bill, considering it “unnecessary federal oversight” and a waste of funds.

Soon residents in non-compliant states will face further ramifications from the REAL ID act as phase 3 restrictions are about to take effect.  Starting in January 2015, cardholders from the aforementioned states will be required to provide secondary forms of photo ID at federal buildings such as courthouses and city council chambers.

Travelers with said IDs may need a second form of Identification to board commercial airlines starting in 2016, unless more secure IDs are created and deployed.

To read more about the REAL ID Act and whether or not it affects you, see the provided link below.

Louisiana Driver's lIcense

Bobby Jindal rejects LA’s Real ID Law

The governor of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal, has vetoed the REAL ID bill passed in Louisiana.

A couple of months ago, the Louisiana legislature adopted the REAL ID bill to ensure Louisiana’s driver’s licenses complied with federal regulation.  By 2016, these new REAL ID compliant driver’s licenses will be required for anyone who wants to enter federally-owned premises or board  a plane.

Governor Jindal stated that Louisiana had at least 18 months before they had to comply with the REAL ID regulation.  In the short-term, he did not want to expose local residents to “unnecessary federal oversight” by offering REAL ID compliant driver’s licenses.

Although Louisiana has chosen not to pursue REAL ID compliant driver’s licenses, our software is still able to read them.  Our desktop, tablet, and mobile software solutions can read any type of ID including military and hunting/fishing licenses from the US or Canada.

If you’re interested to learn more, please contact us.

Georgia DMV

Georgia also adding online driver’s license renewal

Starting on July 1st, you will no longer have to wait in line at a Georgia DMV to renewal your driver’s license.  Your welcome.

To qualify, your driver’s license or ID must be Secure ID compliant.  What does that mean?  It means when you registered for a driver’s license, you rough a birth certificate or passport, your social security card, two documents proving your residency, and a Marriage License if you’ve changed your name.  There will also be a gold start in the top right hand corner of your driver’s license if you qualify.

To register, check out  Licenses will arrive by mail approximately two weeks after online renewal.

ID verification is extremely important in these scenarios where online renewal can potentially lead to identity theft and fraud.  If you are a DMV and interested in ID verification software, please Contact Us.


MN Enhanced Drivers License

New MN Enhanced Driver’s License. What is it?

Do you know what an enhanced driver’s license is?

Minnesota is just one of five states that offer an enhanced driver’s license.  This license costs $15 extra and looks very different from the typical license.

What does an enhanced driver’s license get you?  With this license, you can travel between Mexico, Canada, Bermuda, and the Bahamas without a passport.  The license itself is a lot more stiff and has the word enhanced on the front with an American flag.

Inside the license is an RFID (radio frequency identification chip) that is used at the border to verify your identity against a federal database.  This is the same type of database that is used for passports.

Our software is programmed to read any type of enhanced ID.  Our parsing engine is the most up to date on the market and reads IDs from all 50 US states, 8 Canadian provinces, and all Mexican provinces.  To learn more about our solutions, please visit our solutions page.

Interested in reading RFID chips using a mobile or tablet scanner?  Visit our store page to learn about the newest RFID compatible mobile scanners.

What do you think about the new enhanced IDs being rolled out across the country?  Leave your thoughts below in the comment section.

Ohio driver's license

Ohio’s REAL ID Driver’s License can be used as a Passport

Ohio has approved legislation that would change its driver’s licenses format to be REAL ID compliant.   The REAL ID act is a result of 9/11 legislation and seeks to create a unified driver’s license format for all states in the US.

One of the major benefits of the REAL ID compliant driver’s license is the ability for it to serve as a passport when traveling to Canada or Mexico by land or sea.  However, many concerns have arisen about REAL ID’s intrusion on states rights.  Individuals would not be required to get a new ID as a result of this legislation.

Other states that have REAL ID compliant licenses include New York, Michigan, Vermont, Washington, and Minnesota.  The new license costs about $50.

To read the full story, please visit the Columbus Dispatch website.

Louisiana Driver's lIcense

REAL ID approved by Louisiana Senate

In Louisiana, legislation was approved to allow local residents to obtain a driver’s license that is compliant with the REAL ID Act.

House Bill 907 will provide the option for Louisiana residents to obtain a REAL ID driver’s license or one that does not comply with federal standards.  Several REAL ID opponents worry that the REAL ID Act may lead to additional governmental intrusion into state affairs.

The REAL ID program began following 9/11.  It creates security standards for all drivers’ licenses.   States that don’t implement REAL ID may cause residents to be rejected when using their driver’s license as identification to obtain a boarding pass.

To read the full story, please visit The Advocate website.

hawaii driver's license

Driver’s License Renewal Change in Hawaii

Beginning on THursday, Hawaii residents must show two documents that prove their residency in order to obtain a Hawaii driver’s license or state ID card.

The documents must include the applicant’s name, address, and proof of residency.  Eligible documents include their current driver’s license, vehicle registration or title, voter registration card, or other mail from a government or medical entity.  These documents must be recent and cannot be more than two years old.  Other options include a utility bill, a checking or savings account statement, and a payroll check or stub.

This changes are an attempt by Hawaii to be more compliant with the Real ID Act of 2005.  The fee for a state ID on Kauai will also increase from $4 to $32 and will be valid for up to 8 years.

To read the full story, please visit the Garden Island website.

Ohio Real ID

Ohio Refuses to Enforce REAL ID Standards

In April, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reportedly will begin enforcing the REAL ID Act, a measure requiring Americans to produce federal government-approved identification upon demand.  In order to ensure that all Americans carry the national ID card, the REAL ID Act establishes standards for driver’s licenses that must be met by states.  However, Ohio has now backed out of the REAL ID program.





New Driver’s License option through Real-ID Act

Airports will require you to show two types of IDs starting December 1st.  In response, the “STAR ID” program will start distributing a new, more secure ID.