TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – As of August 1, Kansas is giving people the option to get a “Real ID.”
Kansas has a new driver’s license design, specifically formatted to comply with approaching federal ID requirements for airport security purposes, three years early.
These new driver’s licenses have a star in the upper right corner to show they are Real IDs.
They will meet new government requirements for getting on a plane beginning in 2020.
“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,” said Revenue Secretary Sam Williams. “There’s no need to rush in for a new ID, but it’s something the public needs to be aware of.”
Right now to renew your driver’s license you only need to bring in your current license and a piece of mail to prove your address.
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 they do not have those documents on hand, they 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.
If you brought those things when you got your license, then you won’t need to bring them when you renew.
You can use your regular ID to do get on flights until October 2020.
The Kansas Department of Revenue says the new government requirements may inhibit terrorists’ ability to use fake identification.