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REAL ID Deadline Countdown Begins December 1

West Palm Beach, FL – Anne M. Gannon, Constitutional Tax Collector, alerts drivers born after December 1, 1964 that their 1-year countdown to meet the federal REAL ID deadline starts on December 1. 

Drivers and individuals with state-issued licenses and IDs born after December 1, 1964 have until December 1, 2014 to comply with the federal REAL ID law.  A REAL ID will be required to board a commercial flight or enter a federal building.  Everyone else, those born before December 1, 1964, are not required to have a REAL ID until December 1, 2017.  “The intent of this law is to help keep us safe from terrorists and improve the integrity and security of state issued driver licenses and IDs,” said Gannon.  “Secure identification documents are a vital component of preventing another attack on our country like 9.11 and reducing fraud.” 

How do you know if you have a REAL ID?  REAL ID driver licenses and ID cards have a star in the upper right-hand corner.  If you don’t have a star, your license or ID is not REAL ID compliant.  A REAL ID cannot be issued online or through by mail.  Homeland Security requires that you bring specific, original documents to prove birth, social security and residence.  If you’ve changed your name, for example by marriage, then you’ll need additional documents to prove that change. 

“We want to help people get prepared. This is an easy transaction when you bring the right documents,” said Gannon.  “We suggest against waiting until the last minute. The December 1, 2014 deadline immediately follows November, our busiest month of the year.” 

People are also advised to check when their license expires.  If it expires after the deadline, plan to renew early. Licenses and ID cards can be renewed 18 months in advance.

In 2010, the Florida Legislature transferred the job of issuing REAL ID compliant driver licenses and ID cards to local tax collectors.  The Tax Collector has seven service locations  that provide driver license services.  Online appointments for driver license service are available.  Customers can also view wait times at each service location. 

 

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Share the knowledge:You'll need a REAL ID to board a flight or enter a federal building. Be ready www.pbctax.com/real-id

Born after Dec. 1, 1964? You have 1 year to get your REAL ID. www.pbctax.com/real-id

Release Date: 
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Contact Information: 
Contact: Anne Gannon, Constitutional Tax Collector
  (561) 355-4271
KClarke@pbcgov.org

 

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