Real ID

  New Hampshire was one of the first states to fight REAL ID and is among the last states to issue licenses and ID cards that meet the standards of the the Sept. 11th-inspired law.

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.

N.H. Debates Federal Real ID Licenses

Feb 17, 2016
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After 10 years of waivers, House lawmakers have approved a bill aimed at complying with the federal Real ID program, which tries to make state-issued drivers licenses more trustworthy and secure.   Real ID stems from the 9-11 attacks, after several of the hijackers were able to board planes using fraudulent state-drivers licenses.

AP

New Hampshire is one step closer to complying with a federal identification law known as Real ID. That’s after the House Thursday overwhelmingly passed a bill making it optional for people to get Real ID licenses. 

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The federal government is giving New Hampshire a six-month extension to comply with the "Real ID" law that aims to strengthen security screenings for boarding airplanes or entering federal facilities.

The extension means airports and federal buildings will continue to accept existing New Hampshire drivers' licenses through at least June 1. Real ID was passed in 2005 in response to 9/11, and New Hampshire remains one of several states that haven't complied with the law.