Frequently Asked Questions About the SelectCT ID Program
The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles will start a new program, called SelectCT ID, in the fall to offer verified identity protection to people renewing driver licenses and DMV-issued identification cards.
The department will ask renewing customers whether they want to show original identity documents to establish an historical record of their identity with the agency as well as for federal identification purposes. Customers can also decline the verification and simply get a regular driver's license or ID card.
THE OVERALL PROGRAM IN BRIEF:
The program, which began in October 2010, will be phased in during the next six years as all licenses and ID cards come up for renewal. The renewal date is on the front of the card.
People wanting a license or ID card indicating their identity was verified by DMV will need to present certain original documents like a birth certificate, a valid U.S. passport or other primary documents, proof of name changes including as a result of marriage, divorce, etc. as well as of current address.
Anyone not wanting this verification can simply decline and renew their regular license or DMV-issued ID card. If someone declines, a valid U.S. passport can serve the same purpose as the verified license or ID card at federal screening checkpoints.
Non-U.S. citizens who request the identity check must show various identity documents and legal presence in the U.S. that DMV will verify online. Without legal presence, DMV will not renew the driver's license or DMV-issued ID card.
Anyone with a renewed license can drive legally regardless of whether an identity check is done.
Complete information about the program, including the kinds of identification needed, can be found at ct.gov/selectCTid
WHAT IS THIS NEW PROGRAM FOR IDENTITY PROTECTION?
The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles started a new program called Select CT ID for customers renewing driver licenses and DMV-issued ID cards. It stems from national security measures and federal identification standards resulting from the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the U.S. It is also designed to offer residents additional protection against identity theft. DMV will offer these customers renewing driver licenses and DMV-issued ID cards the option to have the same identity verification that existing federal and state standards give to new license and ID card applicants. It will also become an historical record at the DMV should you have a problem with identity theft. This identity verification is a one-time review of original identity documents
WHY IS CONNECTICUT OFFERING THIS PROGRAM?
Connecticut currently requires all new applicants for driver licenses or DMV-issued ID card to have this identity verification. For both customer convenience and for any future federal identification purposes, DMV is extending the option now to all others who had a license or ID card prior to the agency starting verification for new applicants.
WHAT DOES A VERIFIED ID DO FOR ME?
These identity-checked driver licenses and DMV-issued identification cards are part of a federal program showing that the credential holders meet a federal identity standard that might be used in 2017 or later for entering federal buildings, boarding an airplane or doing commercial transactions. Six-year renewals of Connecticut licenses and IDs make it necessary to start the program now so that everyone has an opportunity to get the verification prior to 2017.
AM I ELIGIBLE FOR A VERIFIED CREDENTIAL?
Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible for a verified credential. Citizens without a valid U.S. Passport, U.S. Birth Certificate or U.S. Consular Report of Birth Abroad will be subject to verification using SAVE. Permanent residents who hold a Resident Alien Card without an expiration date are only eligible for a non-verified credential. Permanent residents who have more than six (6) years of validity on their Permanent Resident Card from the time the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles issues your credential are eligible for a verified credential. Alien Registration Receipt cards (Form I-551) are not considered an acceptable document and must be updated before any Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicle credential can be issued.
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO GET IT?
This process generally will involve residents at the time of renewal bringing in proof of identity.
WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY "PROOF OF IDENTITY?"
Proof means: an original birth certificate and other primary documents, original Social Security card and original papers showing lawful status in the U.S. A U.S. passport alone also has this built-in identity protection, though, residents would need to routinely carry it.
Also, if a name is different than as shown on a birth certificate, the person must also show proof of the name change: original marriage licenses, divorce decrees, legal documents name changes by court orders, adoption papers, etc. Certified copies will also be accepted.
Everyone wanting the identity verification will also need to show their address on two items of proof.
WHAT ARE REQUIREMENTS FOR NON-U.S. CITIZENS?
Non-U.S. citizens also will need to show a valid foreign passport with a U.S. Visa and an I-94 or permanent resident card along with other legal presence documents (see list). Anyone with a current driver's license or DMV-issued ID card that does not meet requirements for legal presence in the U.S. will not receive a renewal of that license or ID card.
CAN I USE MY U.S. PASSPORT INSTEAD OF HAVING THIS ADDITIONAL IDENTITY CHECK DONE?
Yes. A valid U.S. passport can also be used because existing federal standards are built into them. However, people may need to routinely carry a U.S. passport for identity-proving circumstances under the federal standard.
DO I HAVE TO TAKE THIS OPTION FOR CHECKING ALL MY IDENTITY RECORDS?
No. People not wanting the identity verification can decline and need only say that they want to renew their current driver license or identity card.
WILL MY LICENSE OR DMV-ISSUED ID CARD BE MARKED IF I ACCEPT OR REJECT THE OPTION FOR IDENTITY VERIFICATION?
Yes. The new identity-checked driver licenses and DMV-issued ID cards will have a gold star in the upper right hand corner. Those without this identity check will have their licenses or ID cards stamped “Not for Federal Identification” since it has not met the federal standard for identification.
WILL I STILL HAVE A VALID DRIVER'S LICENSE REGARDLESS OF MY CHOICE FOR VERIFICATON?
Yes. Driver license holders who are renewed can drive legally with or without the identity verification.
DO I HAVE TO RUSH TO DMV NOW?
No. There is no need to rush to DMV. Until someone reaches renewal time in DMV's six-year cycle, all existing holders have acceptable documents and many may not need to decide on this option for months or years ahead. The renewal date is displayed on the front of a license and DMV-issued identification card.
IF I CHOOSE THE VERIFICATION OF MY IDENTITY DOCUMENTS, HOW SOON SHOULD I START LOOKING FOR THEM?
Check the renewal date on your license. If you are renewing within three months, start to gather or write for the documents now. Depending what documents are needed, processing times for you to receive them could be longer and could vary by weeks or months.
DOES THE VERIFICATION WHEN RENEWING COST MORE?
The cost of the driver license or ID card renewals cards is the same whether identity is checked or not. (Regular license renewal for 6 years is $72; anyone 65 years-old and older can renew for two years at $24; commercial driver's license renewal is every 4 years and is $70. DMV-issued ID cards are renewed for $22.50 for six years.)
ARE RENEWALS STILL DONE AT DMV AND AAA?
Yes. Renewals of driver's licenses and DMV-issued identity cards - with or without the strengthened identity protection -- are done at either DMV offices or AAA offices. Please see the DMV website for locations and times of service.