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Get your first look at new REAL ID licenses in South Carolina

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COLUMBIA ,SC (WACH) - The South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles has released images of what the new REAL ID cards will look when they are available in 2018.

According to the agency, 73,726 people in the state have brought in the required documents needed to change their current card to a REAL ID.

A photo of the driver's license/ID card that will comply with the federal REAL ID Act of 2005 was made public Monday morning. The DMV also released images of the current identification card that will not meet federal standards.

The card will be required to pass through airport security, access military installations or enter secure federal buildings all across the country.

A valid passport or other federally-compliant photo identification can also be used if you choose not to get a REAL ID card.

In South Carolina, October 1, 2020 is the switch-over date for the new requirements.

People who don't get a driver's license that complies with the REAL ID Act of 2005 will still be allowed to drive or vote by using a standard driver's license.

DMV officials are encouraging people to start the application process for the new cards now, so there isn't a large rush of applications in 2018.

You will need to present multiple documents to the state Department of Motor Vehicles in order to obtain a REAL ID:

- Proof of Identity (Birth certificate or valid U.S. passport)

- Proof of Social Security Number

- Two Proofs of address

- Proof of all legal name changes

You do not require a REAL ID if you don't plan to fly, go on a military base or enter a secure federal building.

To learn more about the program click here.


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