DMV holding statewide town hall meetings to discuss Real ID process

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - The deadline to get your Real ID is approaching and the DMV will hold town hall meetings statewide to answer any questions about the process Wednesday night.

According to officials in 2005, Congress passed the REAL ID Act to set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver’s licenses.

Real ID’s or passports will be required to board flights starting October 1, 2020. Officials said Real IDs are already required to enter secure federal facilities. According to the DMV there are around 964,000 people statewide who could still get on board before the deadline.

Reno DMV Supervisor Samantha Perez said some people don’t know they already have a Real ID. She said, “On the Real ID if you look on your driver’s license or ID card at the top right corner you will have a gold circle with a star cut out of it and that means you have a Real ID.”

Officials are encouraging residents to get a head start. Reno DMV Supervisor Monica Lara said, "There are times where the customers don't have all of the proper documents, one of the biggest documents we see they are missing is the name change documents."

The Real ID is optional in Nevada. Perez said, “If you aren’t a flyer or you do not frequent federal buildings, I wouldn’t be too much in a panic to come down and get it, but we still encourage everyone to come down and at least sit in on the meeting and figure out if this is something they need to do quickly and this year.”

The DMV will still process Real ID’s after the federal deadline for those who want to make the switch.

Attendees that participate in the town halls and bring all the proper documents will get an expedited pass at the DMV when they are ready to process paperwork.

“In these meetings we are going to try to help people not get so worried,” said Perez.

The town halls will be held at the DMV office in Reno at 6 p.m., and in Carson City and Elko at 5 p.m.

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