State DMV prompting people to get new IDs for airport security purposes

July 05, 2018 06:23 PM

COLONIE - A regular New York state license will not be enough to get you onto your flight beginning in October of 2020. While that may seem like a long way off, you may regret not taking action now.

New York state DMV officials want people to start thinking about getting a license or ID card that has the REAL ID denotation in the upper right-hand corner.

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You'll also be able to use an enhanced ID, which allows you to go to Canada, Mexico, or a few islands in the Caribbean. Of course, you can always use your passport. You can still use a traditional license or ID that is not REAL ID compliant after October 1, 2020, but you'll need additional documentation for that.

NewsChannel 13 spoke with a few people coming through security at the Albany International Airport Thursday afternoon. Many of them had questions about the cost of getting a REAL ID license. DMV officials say there's no extra cost to get a REAL ID, you'll just have to pay the renewal or replacement fee you would pay in general. There is a $30 charge to get an Enhanced ID.

DMV officials want people to start thinking about renewing or replacing their licenses or ID cards now because it may take a while to get the documents needed for a REAL ID and they don't want there to be a mad rush at DMV offices around the state come late summer/early fall of 2020.

Some people flying on Thursday said they're just going to use their passports for domestic flights until they have to renew their license. Others said they don't want to risk losing that form of ID.

"Traveling in the country, I prefer not to bring my passport because it has a lot of very confidential information that if it were stolen or lost could be a security risk. So I prefer to have my New York state driver's license," explained Betty Devine of Guilderland.

As far as getting a REAL ID for people who aren't citizens, it is possible, but you have to live in a compliant state. New York and Vermont are, Massachusetts is not.


Emily Burkhard

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