Secretary of State Ruth Johnson to Detroit auto show visitors: Are you ready for REAL ID?

REAL IDJanuary 17, 2018

Auto show display to offer Mobile Office, REAL ID info

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson today announced that attendees of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit can stop by her office’s display on the Cobo concourse to learn more about upcoming REAL ID requirements during the public show.

“As they check out the latest designs and auto technology, auto show-visitors should stop by our display to find out how the upcoming federal REAL ID will affect air travelers and how to get a REAL ID-compliant license before the rules go into effect,” Johnson said. “Now is the perfect time to ask any questions you may have about how you’ll be affected.”

Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, the federal government will not allow Michigan residents carrying a driver’s license or ID card that does not comply with the federal REAL ID Act to board domestic flights, or enter certain federal facilities unless they have another accepted ID document. Beginning Jan. 22, REAL ID flight rules go into effect nationwide; however, because Michigan has a compliance extension, all residents who have a driver’s licenses and ID cards will be accepted through Oct. 1, 2020.

To obtain a compliant card, residents will need to bring a certified birth certificate or another approved document to any Secretary of State office. People whose name has changed since birth will need to bring a name-change legal document(s), such as marriage license or court order, or show a valid U.S. passport showing the person’s current name.

The world-class North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center in Detroit features the the Charity Preview, the largest single-night charity event in North America, on Jan. 19. The public show begins Saturday, Jan. 20 and runs through Sunday, Jan. 28.

The full-service Secretary of State Mobile Office will be at the auto show to register people to vote, join the organ donor registry, renew licenses and plates, and much more. The Mobile Office will be on the concourse near the Hall B entrance and office hours will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends and noon to 6 p.m. on weekdays. On Sunday, Jan. 28, the office will close at 7 p.m.

The federal REAL ID standards for driver’s licenses and ID cards were created in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks based on recommendations from the 9/11 Commission. The act sets document and security standards for the production and issuance of driver’s licenses and ID cards, including the use of features to prevent illegal copying or altering.


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