Share story

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is about two months into issuing new driver’s licenses that comply with the federal Real ID Act, but some residents aren’t bringing the right documents.

Starting Oct. 1, 2020, residents who use their driver’s licenses to board domestic flights in the U.S. and enter some federal facilities such as military bases will need to have upgraded identification.

Kansas Department of Revenue’s driver’s license manager Breana Berroth told the Wichita Eagle that some residents looking to renew their licenses haven’t brought the proper documents.

“It’s been a . mixture of people having the documents that they need and also people having to go back and then get what they need and return,” Berroth said.

Residents seeking to upgrade their licenses must show proof for their Social Security number and provide a birth certificate or U.S. passport. Those who’ve changed their name should also bring documents proving the legal name change.

New licenses cost $8. The upgrade deadline is Sept. 30, 2020.

The revenue department will engage in a public-awareness campaign about the licenses within the next six months, said Rachel Whitten, a department spokeswoman.

“This is something that’s going on. Obviously, most people don’t think about their driver’s license every day,” Whitten said. “We’re working on trying to reach as many eyes as possible in Kansas.”

Federal identification such as a U.S. passport or military ID will still be accepted at airport security.

Congress passed the Real ID Act in 2005 to set the minimum security standards for identification in the U.S.


Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle,