Real ID Compliant N.H. Drivers Licenses Are Coming

May 11, 2016

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New Hampshire residents will be able to obtain licenses compliant with the federal REAL ID law starting early next year.

Governor Maggie Hassan signed a bill yesterday allowing residents to request driver's licenses and non-driver ID cards that comply with the federal security standards. The Division of Motor Vehicles says the new cards will look like regular cards, but will include special markings. They will not cost extra.

Officials say residents should get the new licenses whenever they're up for renewal. Current state driver's licenses and ID cards may be used to board airplanes or to enter secure federal facilities until October 2020.