N.H. roll out of Real ID-compliant driver’s licenses gets muted response

The New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) recently started offering federal Real ID-compliant driver’s licenses. However, the response has thus far remained muted.

One of the main reasons for the muted response is that Real ID-compliant driver’s licenses are currently optional, and not required. People are expected to go for these licenses as renewal dates come up.

Starting October 2020, any person travelling from the Granite State will have to present a Real ID-compliant license or a new acceptable type of identification even for domestic air travel.

The DMV said in a statement, “Other forms of identification, such as a passport, will be accepted for domestic air travel and for other federal purposes, such as entering secure federal facilities. It’s strictly opt in. It’s not required. As renewal dates come up, people can make that choice.”

The new standards were created by the 2005 federal Real ID act, which also prompted push back from a few states of the nation.

As per regulatory guidance from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, any information about citizens gathered at DMV offices will be possessed by the state and not by the federal government.

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