Rhode Island begins Real ID Program


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Rhode Island residents now have the option to upgrade their driver’s licenses.

The driver’s license upgrade will meet federal requirements, which could affect plane travelers.

DMV Spokesperson Paul Grimaldi says about a dozen people showed up to get their Real IDs Monday morning. He wants to stress that people do not need to rush in to get their Real IDs.

“Best advice we have for them is to just simply wait for their renewal period to come up, they don’t have anything to worry about,” he said. “If they have a passport that can certainly serve as their way to get on a plane in October 2020 or get into a federal facility.”

Beginning in October 2020, non-compliant IDs will not be sufficient for boarding planes, entering secure federal facilities or military bases.

Grimaldi said as long as you get your Real ID during your regular renewal period, you won’t have any additional costs on top of the normal renewal fee.

A new Department of Health office is now inside the DMV. Grimaldi says it’s there to help with the process as a whole in case people need help with marriage licenses or birth certificates.

Current Rhode Island licenses are not compliant with the federal Real ID program.

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