DMV: Real ID Overview

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PLEASE NOTE: There is no need to rush to DMV. This program is for people with expiring driver licenses or ID cards. Your current license or ID card will be honored at airports and federal buildings until its expiration, which could be months and years from now. Renewals are done only 60 days in advance of the expiration date.  So, please wait for the renewal notice and know that your current license and ID will be accepted.
The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles started this program to offer verified identity protection to people renewing driver licenses and DMV-issued identification cards. This verification is done now on applicants for new licenses and ID cards. The department will ask renewing customers whether they want to show original identity documents to establish a record of their identity with the agency as well as for federal identification purposes. Customers can also reject the verification and simply get a regular driver's license or ID card.
Through the program people verifying will get a gold star on the license or ID card. Those declining will have one stamped "Not for Federal Identification."  The difference could be extra screening under a proposed federal program slated to go into effect in 2020 for airports and federal buildings and also use for possible commercial transactions. The program 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 by having a historical record of proven original identity documents shown to DMV.
This identity protection and verification program is a one-time review of original identity documents. This program is available at DMV offices, participating AAA locations, Milford and North Haven Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union Offices, Stamford (operated by the WorkPlace, Inc.) and West Haven City Hall
  • Payment options at each location.
  • DMV advises people to decide early on whether they want an identity-verified license or DMV-issued ID card and prepare several weeks in advance by gathering or ordering any documents they might need when renewing a license or ID card.
See below various links that describe the program in detail. If you have any questions please contact the DMV.
Telephone Center hours with operators on duty are:
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Telephone Center numbers:
860-263-5700 (Within Hartford area or outside of Connecticut)
800-842-8222 (Elsewhere in Connecticut)
Best Times to call:
Wednesday - all day
Thursday - morning



Content Last Modified on 3/5/2019 4:13:07 PM