MVA Real ID License Renewal

lucky_bee

eyes up here, buddy.
Let me say this to anyone that needs to do anything at MVA...

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT!!!

At 9:15am, there had to be at least 25 people waiting for driver's license renewal when I checked in for my 9:30 appointment. I didn't even have a chance to find a place to wait before they called my number. I took me maybe 15 minutes to get new photo, eye test, documents scanned, and answer a few questions.

The worse part of the whole experience were all the eyes burning holes like lasers into the back of my head as sat down at the station.
seriously, where can I make the apt online? I've scoured the entire website, googled it, etc. and can only find the option to make an apt if I'm taking a DL test. I'm strictly going in for a name change/address change (already been to SS, just waiting for the card in the mail)
 

softtouch

Member
I just looked at my SS card (original and old), and what I find funny is that while I was required to show it to get my DL it clearly states that it is "For Social Security and Tax Purposes - Not For Identification",. So if it isn't for ID why the Hell does it need to be shown?
One explanation:
 

Clem72

Well-Known Member
I just looked at my SS card (original and old), and what I find funny is that while I was required to show it to get my DL it clearly states that it is "For Social Security and Tax Purposes - Not For Identification",. So if it isn't for ID why the Hell does it need to be shown?
I think the distinction is that you didn't HAVE to show it, you were allowed to show it. Same way you can use a utility bill at the MVA to prove your identity without it also being an ID.
 

stgislander

Well-Known Member
seriously, where can I make the apt online? I've scoured the entire website, googled it, etc. and can only find the option to make an apt if I'm taking a DL test. I'm strictly going in for a name change/address change (already been to SS, just waiting for the card in the mail)
Start here - http://license.mva.maryland.gov/CheckList/default.aspx

In the "I need..." pull down menu, select "To present REAL ID documents", answer the name change question, and press "Click to Proceed". After you "gather" all of your documents, it should allow you to make an appointment.
 

softtouch

Member
My Granddaughter and her husband stopped by this morning. He in the Air Force and they came up from N.C so he could renew his drivers license before he deploys. He still has his MD tags and license. They rejected him because he needs something to prove he used to live in MD.
Something besides his license or car registration. He lived at home when he enlisted. He is going to see if he can find something there that proves he used to live there.
 

nutz

Well-Known Member
Being that he's still on AD, I would think a copy of his State Income Tax return would be enough to prove residency.
AH, if only you could read minds. The MVA folks seem to go out of their way to not br helpful. I received the notice to renew without the insert and showed up without documentation. BUT, I had my car registration, proof of insurance and military retiree ID (need a DD 214 for proof) nope not enough. Second trip when asked about veteran status, I said yes but cant prove it because I lack a DD214, the reply was of course we can use your ID.
The proof of insurance circle can be even more fun and exciting.
 

awpitt

Main Streeter
Okay, this is interesting. I received my new driver's license today. I went back to the MVA website to see if it is REAL ID compliant, and it came back... No. :lmao:

That is just so wrong. I think it's time that people start "spamming" our elected officials. I understand what the DMV is trying to accomplish but I think they're going about it all wrong.
 

stgislander

Well-Known Member
I'm guessing that there is one (maybe two) MVA employee up in Glen Burnie, who's job is to check each set of scanned documents with their Mk 1 Mod 0 eyeball before checking the Compliant box in the REAL ID database.
 

spr1975wshs

Mostly settled in...
PREMO Member
Being that he's still on AD, I would think a copy of his State Income Tax return would be enough to prove residency.
We had Vermont registration for the years we were in college there, plus my wife's time in the USAF, about 18 years total.
One of the secretaries in the engineering department would let you keep a mailbox on her porch, her house number was 12, ours was # 12 1/2, next came 12 1/3, 12 1/4...she'd forward any mail...always had one non-essential bill go to that address. Vermont did most everything by mail than, after the initial visit to the DMV.

We kept that because at the time, Vermont did not tax military pay.
 
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