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By: David Higgins II
Glen Burnie, MD- Maryland has extended the June 5, 12, or 18th deadline for 43,000 Marylanders who’s licenses are not Real ID compliant. These drivers now have until July 3 to file the appropriate paperwork or they risk having their licenses recalled.
The drivers represent more than half of the 80,000 Marylanders whose licenses face recall and have failed to file the paperwork since multiple warnings began going on in December 2018.
Maryland MVA Administrator Chrissy Nizer said last week that there are 1 million drivers with Real ID licenses, that don’t have the necessary documentation on file. To lessen the impact of all coming in at once, the state gave staggered deadlines. The first group was due to file the documents this month.
Now Maryland Officials are giving these individuals until close of business July 3, 2019 to file the needed paperwork and become federally mandated Real ID compliant or risk having their license taken if pulled over by the police for any reason.
“They were notified by email to present the federally-mandated REAL ID documents no later than close of business on Wednesday, July 3,” MVA spokeswoman Kellie Boulware said Wednesday. “After this date, the license or ID card is subject to recall action and could be confiscated by law enforcement.”
In Maryland, the MVA website has a lookup tool that people can use to check whether their file is missing documents. It also provides a checklist of documents needed and facilitates making an appointment at the MVA.
The new license was designed to comply with the Real ID Act, a law that passed after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to tighten security for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification. It aims to prevent identity fraud and sets minimum standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and IDs. Applicants are required to provide proof of identity and legal U.S. residency to obtain the new ID.