Motor Vehicle Administration marks deadline for REAL ID compliance


About 66,300 Maryland residents are at risk of having their driver’s licenses or identification cards recalled in June if they haven’t filed their identification and residency documents with the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA).

  • 1 document demonstrating identity and age (birth certificate or passport);
  • 1 document demonstrating proof of Social Security (Social Security card, W-2 form, SSA 1099);
  • 2 documents demonstrating proof of Maryland residency (i.e. utility bill, credit card bill, government correspondence, etc.).

As of October 1, 2020, all Marylanders must have documents on file and be compliant with the Federal REAL ID act in order to board airplanes or enter federal government facilities. However, residents who already have the Maryland-flag themed card but have not registered their documents will be flagged and their license could be considered “recalled” starting in June.

“The Federal REAL ID act requires us to have the documents scanned in,” said MDOT MVA Administrator Chrissy Nizer, “so it was not sufficient that you showed us documents at one point in time. We have to have those documents scanned into the system.”

If you’re not sure whether or not you’re compliant, you can use the MVA’s REAL ID Look Up Tool.

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