Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

What to Know on Real IDs

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

What to Know on Real IDs

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The new Kansas driver's license features upgraded security elements and complies with national identification requirements to be implemented in 2020 for individuals entering federal facilities or boarding domestic flights, state officials said Thursday.

Sam Williams, secretary of the Kansas Department of Revenue, said changes reflect mandates of the Real ID law approved by Congress more than a decade ago. The state began introduction of the new license Tuesday, and the first modified cards are expected to reach Kansans within 10 days.

"We are starting to issue these new forms of ID three years ahead of when it's required," he said. "It is important that we're out in front of this with our Kansas consumers. There's no need to rush in for a new ID, but it's something the public needs to be aware of."

The state normally would replace approximately 2.5 million licenses in Kansas over a six-year period. Half of those individuals are expected to secure the new license under the normal renewal schedule by the federal deadline of Oct. 1, 2020.

That means more than 1 million Kansans will have to voluntarily apply for the new license during the phase-in period to be compliant, Williams said. If acquiring one of the new licenses outside the typical replacement time frame, the recipient will be charged the $8 replacement fee by the state.

The upgraded license reflecting a person's lawful presence in the United States will contain a gold circle with a star cutout in the corner.

That status can be demonstrated by presenting to the state documentation of a Social Security number in addition to a valid passport or birth certificate, said Lisa Kaspar, director of the state's license bureau in the revenue department.

She said an estimated 600,000 Kansans presented these key forms of identification to the driver's license bureau for scanning and storage in a database since 2011. …

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