050119 REG real ID sample license

A sample of the new license issued under the Real ID program. Courtesy Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles

The Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles said this week that the state has received full certification through the federal Department of Homeland Security of its Real ID license. Since December 2018, Rhode Island customers have had the option of receiving a Real ID license. “We are proud to reach this important milestone in our efforts to meet the stringent requirements of the federal REAL ID program," said DMV Administrator Walter R. “Bud” Craddock. “Our employees have worked diligently to reach this point, but much effort remains.”

The Real ID Act of 2005 was enacted n response to the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. The goal of the program is to establish security standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards. Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, only Real ID-compliant driver’s licenses or IDs, or passports, will be accepted for domestic air travel and entry into certain federal facilities. For more information on the Real ID program, including the documents needed to apply, visit www.dmv.ri.gov/realid.

— Jason Vallee

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