Drivers licenses, IDs will have new look

The Maui News

The state is letting residents know that beginning Tuesday, REAL ID-compliant Hawaii driver’s licenses or state identification cards will be issued with a “star in gold circle marking” as part of federal law.

This is to comply with a recent change by the Department of Homeland Security, which now requires the markings.

According to Homeland Security, 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, 2020.

The state’s Department of Transportation is working with Homeland Security on continued acceptance of Hawaii’s current unmarked REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and identification cards. After the Oct. 1, 2020, these can be used as identification for official federal purposes such as boarding commercial airlines and accessing federal facilities.

The state said current Hawaii licenses and state identification cards, even without the star markings, can still be used for air travel after Tuesday because the state is compliant with the current REAL ID Act of 2005.

Originally, Homeland Security did not require all states to put the “star in gold circle” markings on compliant driver’s license and identification cards.

The REAL ID Act sets standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver’s licenses. It established minimum security standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards, and it prohibits federal agencies from accepting for official purposes licenses and identification cards from states that do not meet the standards, according to the Department of Homeland Security website.

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