I'm screwed. It doesn't sound like they're going to accept my original marriage certificate.Good article here.
Drivers are facing longer lines and frustrating revisits to state offices over the next year when they renew their licenses due to tougher requirements that comply with the federal REAL ID law.www.somd.com
Yes, I saw that date, thanks.
The REAL ID Act is a federal law passed by Congress after Sept. 11, 2001, that establishes specific minimum federal standards for state-issued driver's licenses and ID cards to be accepted for certain federal purposes, like entering a federal building or boarding a domestic commercial flight. Enforcement of the REAL ID Act at the card level begins on October 1, 2020. Maryland has been Real ID compliant since 2011.
You are making an assumption based on one person's experience, which could probably be compounded by the MVA employee's ignorance. Instead trying to get your answers from here, (that you are constant questioning), why not call the MVA and ask them directly?I'm screwed. It doesn't sound like they're going to accept my original marriage certificate.
I haven't read anything that says they won't renew a license. From your own comment above about not having an SS#, the license can be renewed but will be non-compliant.So I'm back to square one - I wonder if they can renew my drivers license and make it non compliant until I can provide all the required documentation.
I dread when I renew in 2 years. I'm going to have to pay for a valid birth certificate because the one I've used my entire life is not what is required now by MVA and I'm going to have to pay for my marriage license that has been lost for over 25 years even though I'm divorced (but never took my maiden name back).I have to get my license renewed regardless and the impression I got was that if I don't bring all those documents with me they won't renew it. I'm hoping they accept everything because I have one that might be questionable and I DON'T want to pay $79.00 to get something that will please DMV. It says on their website that they need a government issued (or words to that effect) marriage certificate because the name is different than my birth certificate. To the best of my knowledge, my marriage certificate is an original. It's got a gold seal on it and you can just barely make out Circuit Court of Baltimore City imprinted on it. It's not the normal seal that you get when you ask for a copy - you know the raised imprint. On everything else that I've read they said original or certified copy like birth certificate, on the marriage certificate the site states government issued marriage certificate unless the Baltimore City imprint is government issued? Wish I knew for sure before I go tomorrow.
Hang on... what's all this about appointments? My license expires in April, and nothing in the material I received from MVA says anything about making an appointment.
I'm pretty sure you can request it thru the county/city government (I can't think of the branch name) to receive it by mail. I know I'm not going to Upper Marlboro to get mine if there's any way I can avoid it.I've actually already done that - it's the marriage certificate that's flipping me out because it's original and not something I requested from the government even though it was issued by the court of Baltimore and the gold seal says so. It's also a 60 mile round trip for me which I know isn't much. BUT... my engine light came on last week and although I got the repairs done, the very reputable people that I took it to told me that the engine light will come on again and they should be able to condemn the number one coil at that point and pinpoint what will fix it for good. It's a little nerve wracking driving that far from home knowing that the light can come on at any minute.
I thought the exact same thing. I first heard of this a long time ago, but I've thought (until recently) it was only for new licenses. Not for people that have had licenses and been showing birth certificates for over 40 years. Just more BS and red tape for everyone.Yes, I saw that date, thanks.
So this was passed in 2001 and given 19 years to implement!?! WTF?
I don't recall hearing about it, at all.I thought the exact same thing. I first heard of this a long time ago, but I've thought (until recently) it was only for new licenses. Not for people that have had licenses and been showing birth certificates for over 40 years. Just more BS and red tape for everyone.