On Tuesday, July 26th, Governor Charlie Baker signed a bill that will bring Massachusetts identification cards up to federal standards. The act, called the Federal REAL ID Act, will ensure Massachusetts cards have the security measures necessary to keep people safe. Starting in the fall of 2017, the Massachusetts RMV will begin issuing new cards. If residents do not update their licenses, they may not be able to enter federal buildings or take domestic flights.
New features of identification cards include:
– Laser Protection
– Tactile Features
– Laser Write
– Ultraviolet Ink
– Multiple Data Placements
According to MassDOT, here are some things you should know:
- Licenses will be phased in over a 5-year span
- It won’t be mandatory for Massachusetts residents to do anything until their current license expires
- REAL ID licenses will not be mandatory to board a plane or enter a federal government until October of 2020.
MassDOT states, “The new designs will include new security features better protecting the identity of customers and making Massachusetts one of the states with the most secure and technologically advanced cards in the country.”