‘REAL ID’ deadline Oct.1

LIHIE — The county Department of Finance is announcing new hours of operation for the Drivers Licensing Division, beginning next month.

“In order to provide consistency with other services within the Kapule Building at the Lihue Civic Center, the Drivers Licensing Division window will be in service from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting Feb. 3,” said Finance Director Reiko Matsuyama.

As a reminder, these are the requirements to obtain a driver’s license, state identification card, out-of-state transfers and new permits:

• Proof of Social Security number: SS card, W-2 or 1099 Tax form, or pay stub with the complete SS#;

• Legal presence document: Valid U.S. passport, U.S. passport card or U.S. birth certificate, foreign passport with U.S. immigration admittance documents, naturalization certificate, permanent residence card, foreign passport with current admittance stamp, or I-94 (original or certified copies are only accepted);

• Name-change document: name change trail must be shown from birth name to current name. Marriage certificate, legal name-change document, divorce decree, etc. (original or certified copies are only accepted);

• Proof of principal address: Two documents containing the applicant’s residential address;

The state Department of Transportation in coordination with the federal Transportation Security Administration and county agencies reminds the public of the Oct. 1 date to obtain a REAL ID-compliant Hawaii driver’s license or state identification card with the “star-in-a-gold-circle” marking.

Every person traveling domestically on a commercial airline will need to present a REAL ID-compliant credential or another acceptable form of identification by Oct. 1, pursuant to the REAL ID Act, which was passed by Congress in 2005.

This law enacted a recommendation from the 9/11 Commission and established minimum security standards for state-issued driver licenses and identification cards. The act further prohibited federal agencies, including the TSA, from accepting state-issued driver licenses or identification cards that do not meet the minimum standards.

The “star-in-a-gold-circle” on a Hawaii driver’s license or identification card indicates the credential is REAL ID-compliant. If people want to continue using their driver’s license for federal purposes, such as boarding a commercial aircraft after the deadline, it must have the star in a gold circle.


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