Radio Website Header-Waves 6 3.0.jpg
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
SC News

South Carolina Prepares to Issue Real I.D.s

The Real I.D. is dentified by the gold star in the upper right corner.
Photo courtesy S.C. Dept. of Motor Vehicles
/

The Real I.D. Act of 2005 was passed by Congress in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks to standardize government-issued identifications, like drivers' licenses, for security purposes.  Beginning in 2018, South Carolinians will be able to get a Real I.D., which they must have by Oct. 1, 2020, in order to do activities such as board a commercial airplane, visit a secure federal building or a military post. 

This example shows a regular, or non-compliant, drivers license.  It has no gold star and bears the phrase, "not for federal identification."
Credit Photo courtesy S.C. Dept. of Motor Vehicles
/
This example shows a regular, or non-compliant, drivers license. It has no gold star and bears the phrase, "not for federal identification." The non-compliant I.D. can still be used after 2020 if one never plans to board a plane, visit a secure federal building or a military installation.

S.C. Dept. of Motor Vehicles spokeswoman Lauren Phillips and Fort Jackson Director of Emergency Services Col. Johnny Sellers talk about what documentation a citizen needs to obtain the Real I.D., and what can be used to supplement a "non-compliant," or regular, identification card, in order to conduct federal business until he or she can obtain a Real I.D.  Phillips says the I.D.s  should be available after the first quarter of 2018, during which time they will be printed.