For residents renewing their driver’s license this year, they will need to prove they are who they say they are and will have a choice between a compliant or standard ID.
This week, Ohio began working under the mandates of the Real ID Act, a coordinated effort between state and federal governments to improve the reliability, security and accuracy of state-issued IDs and driver’s licenses.
Plan to travel? You’ll need a new compliant ID. Want to visit military bases or federal buildings? Again, you’ll need a compliant ID. Otherwise, a standard ID will do.
The compliant ID meets the national travel security requirements. This means that in addition to serving as a driver’s license, it will serve as a Transportation Security Administration-approved document to get onto domestic flights. In 2020, a compliance ID will be required for domestic commercial flights. International fights still will require a passport.
To get the compliant ID, applicants will have to prove date of birth, full name, Social Security number, legal presence as well as Ohio residency.
Acceptable documents include a birth certificate, a Social Security card and a bill with name and address that has been issued in the last 60 days.
A standard ID will not meet the national travel security requirements. This means that anyone with a standard ID who wishes to board a domestic flight will have to show a passport or other document approved by the TSA.
Despite the ID differences, Ohioans will not pay more to renew their license to get one.
“It will be the same as it was last week, and there is no difference between the standard or compliance cost,” Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles spokesperson Lindsay Bohrer said.
The IDs cost $24.50 for a first-time issuance and $25.75 for a renewal, Bohrer said.
Applicants will receive a temporary ID. The new licenses will be mailed to residents and arrive in about 10 business days, she said.
“Customers still ultimately have their own choice … if they aren’t flying domestically or, you know, they don’t fly or don’t need access to federal or military locations, they can just go ahead and get that standard card,” Bohrer said.
All Ohio residents will have to upgrade to one of the two new licenses by 2020, she said.