Massachusetts Real ID Requirement Extended to 2023
Looks like we have a bit more time to get our REAL IDs.
The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles says the new deadline for the updated form of identification is May 3, 2023, an extension granted due to COVID-19 delays.
You will need the ID to fly domestically and to enter certain federal buildings in lieu of a passport.
"Currently, Massachusetts is at 41% REAL ID adoption with over 2.3 million credentials being REAL ID-compliant," the RMV said in a news release.
I was one of the proactive ones and got mine taken care of right before the pandemic hit, but if you are a procrastinator, you have been saved.
“Customers are encouraged to take time now to check the expiration date on their Massachusetts driver’s licenses or identification cards, and if seeking a REAL ID, plan ahead and be prepared by having available all of the required documentation needed to secure this credential," Registrar of Motor Vehicles Colleen Ogilvie said in a statement.
Massport Director of Aviation Ed Freni said the state doesn't want plane passengers to face a situation next year where they can't fly, so people are urged to get their IDs before the deadline next year.
You will need the following before you head to the DMV:
1. Proof of U.S. citizenship or lawful presence
2. Valid driver's license or identification card
3. Massachusetts proof-of-residency documents (utility bills)
4. Form of payment
5. Social security number (card preferred)
You can begin the process online but will still need to make an appointment and visit the RMV.
The way I look at it, you've got time but get it done ASAP. The last place you want to be this summer is the RMV, after all.
Oh, and on your way to the RMV, to celebrate, you can blare Olivia Rodrigo's song, "Driver's License."