Real ID licenses are now available at Alaska DMV offices

    Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) - The federal Real ID program has finally reached Alaska -- and it will cost citizens twice as much to get a new, compliant license.

    According to a story in the Anchorage Daily News, the Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles has started issuing licenses that follow federal guidelines approved by Congress under the Real ID Act of 2005.

    Alaskans will have until Oct. 1, 2020, to get a new driver’s license, according to the DMV and the Department of Homeland Security, which administers the program. After that date, anyone with a traditional license will not be able to use it to enter a federal building, military base or board a commercial airliner.

    A passport or global entry card, however, may be used instead.

    A Real ID costs twice as much as a traditional driver’s license -- $40 instead of $20 -- and you’ll have to bring some extra documentation. According to the DMV’s checklist, a passport, naturalization certificate or birth certificate is needed to confirm your identity. You’ll also need to bring a Social Security card and two pieces of mail that include your current address.

    The changes are due to the federal government’s push to increase the security of driver’s licenses and other forms of ID.

     

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