Starting May 1, the District will begin issuing REAL ID licenses that conform to federal regulation established by Congress in 2005 with the REAL ID act, a measure recommended by the 9/11 commission to make using fraudulent state IDs more difficult.
According to the Washington Post, any license issued before May 1 will need to be replaced by Oct. 1 in order to enter certain federal buildings and by 2016 in order to board a domestic flight.
D.C.’s DMV will “individually notify residents when they need to visit a service center and present the required documents,” in order to avoid a surge at local branches.
Residents who have been notified via email or a letter will not be charged a fee, but those who wish to replace their old license with the new one before receiving their notification will be charged the standard license fee.
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