Massachusetts RMV reminds everyone of an important deadline

The Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Registry has an important reminder for you, Berkshire County. Starting next year, if you want to enter certain federal buildings or fly domestically, you will need a REAL ID.

And if you haven’t got it yet your REAL ID, keep in mind that it is a federal requirement, and the countdown to get one has begun. Anyone traveling by air within the country or wishing to enter certain federal buildings will require acceptable identification, effective May 3, 2023.

According to the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles via a media statement to Mass.Gov, officials say acceptable credentials may include an RMV-issued driver’s license or REAL ID card, or a valid passport.

The registry encourages customers seeking a REAL ID-compliant license or ID card to schedule an appointment at a statewide RMV service center to obtain those credentials before the requirement does not come into force on May 3, 2023.

Colleen Ogilvie, Registrar of Motor Vehicles, had this to say in the press release:

Customers are encouraged to take the time now to check the expiration date on their Massachusettss driver’s license or ID cards, and if you are looking for a REAL ID, plan ahead and be prepared by having all the documentation required to obtain that ID ready.

You can visit Mass.Gov/ID to see helpful information from RMV regarding REAL ID requirements that clients can use to prepare for in-person visits, including handy document checklists to help prepare REAL ID applications.

The documents required for this transaction include two proofs of Massachusetts residency, proof of a full Social Security number, and proof of legal presence. These required documents must be original or certified versions.

Massport Director of Aviation Ed Freni added in the statement:

Starting May 3, 2023, travelers will need a REAL ID or valid passport to fly at all US airports. We don’t want passengers to be in a position where they can’t fly, so we urge passengers to get their REAL ID before the deadline next year.

If you would like to make an appointment to get your REAL ID, you can do so here. For more on the story, see the page on the Mass.Gov website here.

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