Guam driver’s licenses and identification cards issued prior to June 25, 2018 are not Real ID compliant.

Tony Ooka, the driver’s license examiner at the Department of Revenue and Taxation said Real ID compliant licenses and IDs issued on and after June 25, 2018 have a star on them located in the upper right hand corner.

That star means that the license or ID is in compliance with the Real ID Act of 2005. If your license or ID does not have a star in that location, it is not Real ID compliant.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security finally confirmed Guam’s compliance on Feb. 8, 2019.

Ooka said it took more than a star to convince DHS.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration set strict requirements for Real ID certification, he said. “If an applicant does not meet those requirements, they may not be offered a Real ID credential,” he said.

“Many factors contribute to the furnishing of a Real ID credential,” said Ooka. “Just because an applicant provides all the required documents, does not necessarily mean that they are able to obtain a Real ID.”

Each document is carefully reviewed and verified, and the vetting process is “very stringent,” he said.

If you got a license or ID before June 25 last year that is not compliant,  you are not required to change it out for a Real ID before it expires. You can hold on to your current license until the renewal date.

If you choose to turn in your non-compliant license for a Real ID before expiration you “will be subject to a replacement fee of $25,” said Ooka.

However by Oct. 2, 2019, you won't be able to use a non-compliant license or ID to board a plane or enter a military base or other restricted federal facility. You will have to have either a Real ID complaint license/ID or a valid U.S. passport.

Documents required for a Real ID:

• Proof of identity, such as a valid, unexpired U.S. passport; a valid, unexpired Permanent Resident Card, or a certified copy of a birth certificate filed with the State Office of Vital Statistics or equivalent agency in the individual's state of birth; or unexpired foreign passport with supporting document for legal presence;

• Proof of Social Security number including a Social Security ID, or W-2 or 1099 forms

• Proof of residency, including a mayor's letter, dated within the last 30 days and addressed to the Department of Revenue and Taxation.

To learn more about Real ID requirement and enforcement policies visit the DHS website at:  https://www.dhs.gov/real-id-public-faqs

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