District Meeting

Congressman Beyer Hosts REAL ID Event

Saturday, February 8, 2020 | 10:00 AM

Still need to get your REAL ID? Congressman Don Beyer will host his DMV Connect, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles’ “office in a suitcase,” during a special REAL ID event on Saturday, February 8.

Space for this event will be extremely limited, but Rep. Beyer intends to host more REAL ID events to assist constituents in the future.

RSVP to Congressman Beyer's event here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/congressman-beyer-hosts-real-id-event-tickets-91380480477

Virginians can visit DMV Connect to upgrade their driver’s license or identification card to a REAL ID, or complete any other DMV transaction, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wakefield High School, 1325 S. Dinwiddie St., Arlington, VA 22206. Please make an RSVP for each person who will be applying for a REAL ID or completing another DMV transaction during the event. Residents are also welcome to stop by to get more information about REAL ID.

Beginning October 1, federal identification requirements are changing for domestic air travel. Virginians who want to continue to use their state-issued driver’s license or identification card as the ID required for this purpose will need to upgrade their current credential to a REAL ID. You can also present an alternative form of federally approved identification such as a passport or some military IDs.

REAL ID also affects access to secure federal facilities and military bases. Because these facilities have the ability to set their own entry requirements, DMV advises Virginians to verify the identification needed for access prior to their visit. Effective immediately, some military bases may no longer accept non-REAL ID compliant credentials displaying “Federal Limits Apply.”

More than one million Virginians have already obtained a REAL ID compliant driver’s license or identification card. The documents needed to apply for a REAL ID are similar to those needed when individuals applied for their original Virginia driver’s license or ID. All applicants for a REAL ID compliant credential, including current Virginia credential holders, must apply in person and provide DMV with physical documentation of:

  • Identity and Legal Presence (e.g. unexpired U.S. passport, U.S. birth certificate or unexpired Permanent Resident Card);
  • Social Security Number (e.g. Social Security card or W-2 form displaying full nine digits);
  • Residency – two proofs required and must display name and current Virginia residential street address (e.g. recent utility bills, mortgage statements, valid Virginia driver’s license); and
  • Proof of any name changes (e.g. marriage certificates or divorce decrees). Note: If the name on your identity document is different than your legal name, you must show proof of your name change. Multiple documents may be necessary if your name has changed more than once.

There are a variety of acceptable documents; a complete list is available at dmvNOW.com/REALID. You may also use DMV’s interactive document guide.

Obtaining a REAL ID is optional in Virginia. It is available for a one-time $10 fee, in addition to standard driver’s license or identification card fees. For example, a standard driver’s license renewal costs $32, while a replacement driver’s license costs $20.

To learn more about REAL ID, visit dmvNOW.com/REALID.