State of New
DMV WILL BEGIN
OFFERING REAL ID COMPLIANT CARDS IN JANUARY
CONCORD, NH –
The New Hampshire Division of Motor vehicles will begin offering
REAL ID complaint driver licenses and non-driver identification
cards on January 3, 2017. New Hampshire citizens are not
required to obtain a REAL ID complaint driver license or
non-driver identification card and will need to opt-in if they
chose to participate.
For those who
currently hold a valid New Hampshire driver license or a
non-driver identification card, there is no need to immediately
replace it. Current
valid New Hampshire driver licenses and non-driver
identification cards, whether REAL ID complaint or not, will
continue to be accepted for federal identification purposes
until October 1, 2020.
“We are happy to
add the REAL ID complaint credential as an offering to our
customers,” DMV Director Elizabeth Bielecki said. “Since all
current licenses and non-driver ID’s will still be accepted by
airport security and for entrance into federal buildings until
2020, we want to be sure that those who can wait until their
regular renewal do so to avoid creating longer than usual wait
times at our DMV locations.”
In order to
obtain a REAL ID driver license or non-driver identification
card, customers must apply in person at any DMV location.
Documents to prove identity and residency must be
provided at the time of application.
The most commonly used documents to prove identity
include a social security card and either a certified copy of a
birth certificate or an unexpired passport.
Proof of residency, such as a valid, unexpired New
Hampshire driver license or non-driver ID, utility bill or
property tax bill, will also be required.
A complete list of acceptable documents and additional
information on REAL ID can be found on the DMV website at