(WAFB) - The Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) will begin issuing REAL ID compliant driver's licenses and identification cards on October 3.
Back on June 14, Governor John Bel Edwards signed SB 227 and HB 702 into law, giving Louisiana citizens the option to get a REAL ID compliant credential.
"I am proud this option will now be available for those citizens who want to have one. The goal of the REAL ID is to help safeguard against potential danger. This will help protect our family, friends, and communities and reinforce our sense of public safety which we all value. Very soon, anyone who wants to take a commercial flight or enter a federal building where identification is required will have to present a REAL ID or produce two forms of identification, so I encourage Louisianans to make use of this new form of ID," said Gov. Edwards.
Starting on October 1, 2020, you will need a REAL ID for air travel. Residents must present various documents to verify their identity before they can be issued a REAL ID compliant credential. The most common documents will be a birth certificate or a current passport, along with your Social Security card. Proof of Louisiana residency, such as a utility or phone bill, will also be required.
The OMV will keep copies of your identity documents, eliminating the need for you to provide them in the future. A full list of acceptable documents can be found here.
"We are extremely excited to provide this option to our Louisiana citizens. I want to make sure that our citizens know they are not required to obtain a REAL ID compliant credential. However, the choice is now available to our customers," said Karen G. St. Germain, OMV commissioner.
"I am proud of the work done by OMV to provide this option to Louisiana citizens. Our priority remains ensuring the security and integrity of Louisiana's identification program," said Colonel Mike Edmonson, deputy secretary-public safety.
Those who currently have a valid driver's license or ID do not need to immediately replace that credential to board a plane. You can take advantage of the option when you next renew your license or request a duplicate.