New Mexico is finally complying with the federal standard for Real ID.
Real ID is the new form of driver’s license (or ID card for non-drivers) that will be required beginning in 2020 to board a plane and for other federal purposes. Real ID confirms that you are genuinely you to the satisfaction of the federal government. When you next renew your license, or no later than October 2020, to get a Real ID license, you will have to present several documents to the Motor Vehicle Department.
New Mexico’s Legislature delayed several years before adopting this standard. After studying the requirements, I see why. Pulling together the necessary documents will probably be easy for most homeowners. It will be hard for some low-income people, especially those who don’t have a stable address.
The details are on the MVD website at mvd.newmexico.gov/real-id-information.aspx.
You’ll have to present three types of documents: one with your Social Security number, one that identifies you by age, and two that establish proof of residence.