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More Stringent Requirements for Florida IDs
12/28/09 - 06:04 PM
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Starting Friday, January 1st, if you want to get a new license, change your name, or replace a lost or stolen ID, you will have to dig out the documents.

It’s all apart of the Department of Homeland Security’s plan to stop fraudulent IDs.

The requirements to get a driver’s license are changing.  Some people thinks it’s going to be a hassle.

“I think it’s nonsense,” said Bay County Resident Benjamin Christmas who just received a notice to renew his ID.

“It’s more papers, more you have to think about,” said Mary Nixon, a DMV customer today. 

You will need four documents to get your license:

-A primary ID (ex. birth certificate or passport)

-Proof of your Social Security number (ex. Social Security card)

-2 statements of your residential address (not your mailing address)

You will no longer be able to use another state’s ID.

“I don’t really think it’s necessary because you’re already in the system,” said Nixon.

If you are already in the system and you just want to renew your driver’s license, you can do it from your computer at www.gogetgather.com.  But if you need to go to the office for any reason, you will have to bring all the documents.

The requirements are a part of the federal mandate, the Real ID Act, which was put in place to help make it harder for terrorists, illegal immigrants and con artists to steal identities or get fraudulent ids.

Major Tommy Ford with the Bay County Sheriff’s Office says fraudulent IDs are something they see on a regular basis in illegal immigrants.

“We see them from other states that requirements aren’t as stringent as Florida’s,” said Maj. Ford.

He says with licenses such a big part of what they do, it’s important that they can trust that little card.

Eventually, everyone will have to supply the additional documents.

User Comments

While I understand the need for this, I am not sure that everyone will be able to provide the required documents.  I am married and we rent a home and all utilities, phone bill, cable bill, etc., are in my husband’s name.  I will not be able to produce 2 statements of my residential address.  Fortunately, I have my birth certificate and SS card.  Something tells me this wasn’t well thought out.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  12/29  at  01:56 PM

great another way to make the people at the DMV slower and more UN-customer friendly. its already a pain in the butt anytime you have to go there, espically the tag office, good lord dont get me started on those people….

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  12/29  at  07:19 AM

It’s going to be interesting getting the “2 statements of your residential address” if you don’t own or rent your home or apartment. What if you live with roomates, signifigant other, or spouse, and all the utilities and contracts are not in their name?
Other than that, it makes the ID more realistic. Give the criminals a few months and they’ll find a way around it, they have little to lose.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  12/28  at  08:19 PM
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