Kansas unveils new 'Real ID' drivers licenses, 3 years early - KCTV5

Kansas unveils new 'Real ID' drivers licenses, 3 years early

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Kansas has a new driver’s license design, specifically formatted to comply with approaching federal ID requirements for airport security purposes. (KS Dept. of Revenue) Kansas has a new driver’s license design, specifically formatted to comply with approaching federal ID requirements for airport security purposes. (KS Dept. of Revenue)
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Kansas has a new driver’s license design, specifically formatted to comply with approaching federal ID requirements for airport security purposes.

“We are starting to issue these new forms of ID three years ahead of when it’s required by the federal government for airport security purposes, so we can take advantage of the normal renewal cycles for most Kansans,” Revenue Secretary Sam Williams said. “There’s no need to rush in for a new ID, but it’s something the public needs to be aware of.”

The new licenses will contain either a gold circle with a white star cutout proving lawful presence in the United States and designating it as acceptable federal ID, or the words “not for federal ID.”

The design complies with the REAL ID Act, a federal initiative that was approved by the U.S. Congress in 2005.

To obtain a federally compliant “Real ID” credential, Kansans should bring proof of Social Security number documentation in addition to their birth certificate or valid U.S. passport.

If you do not have those documents on hand, you can choose to obtain the “not for federal ID” card that will not be acceptable ID for boarding domestic flights or entering designated federal facilities after September 30, 2020.

However, the “not for federal ID” cards will still be valid as state ID or as a driver’s licenses. 

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