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Louisianians have until 2020 to obtain REAL ID compliant driver's license

(Source: Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles) (Source: Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles)
(Source: Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles) (Source: Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

The REAL ID Act went into effect as a security measure after the September 11 attacks.

The two main places people need to show the compliant ID is at the airport and in federal buildings that require identification.

Federal law requires each state to become compliant by 2020. This measure includes adults and children. While legal drivers can get a REAL ID compliant driver's license, children can get a compliant state ID.

Louisiana has been compliant since October 2016. State lawmakers wanted to roll this option out years ahead of the deadline, so people would not be rushed to get one.

Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Karen St. Germain said more than 24,000 Louisianians currently have a REAL ID compliant license. Since the option has become available, OMVs across the state have been distributing an average of 8,000 to 10,000 compliant IDs.

"We're happy that it's here and available," St. Germain said. "Louisiana hates to be the last state in everything, so we thought we'd at least be middle of the road on this one. They don't have very many states that are non-compliant. They have maybe four that are non-compliant or five, but the rest of them are working like we did to get to this place."

The cost for a compliant ID is the same as a non-compliant license.

Those interested in obtaining a REAL ID must go to the OMV in person to apply. Required documents include: current identification like a driver's license or state ID, a birth certificate, Social Security card and two different documents that show proof of your current address.

For more information, click HERE and HERE.

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