The REAL ID Act is giving people real anxiety, but most people in Alaska don’t need to worry just yet.
Gov. Walker signed House Bill 16 on Friday, allowing the state to begin the process of issuing REAL ID compliant forms of identification.
“Alaskans no longer have to wonder if their travel plans or ability to work will be in jeopardy,” Governor Walker said in a press release Friday.
Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) director Marla Thompson says people want to know what the change will mean for them, but stresses there’s no need to rush to the DMV.
“It’s going to take us a little bit of time,” Thompson said. “We need to change our processes to become compliant with the Department of Homeland Security.”
Thompson says REAL ID’s won’t be available in Alaska until January 2019 and you won’t need one at the airport until October 2020.
But at Anchorage’s Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, the change will be felt sooner.
Starting July 10, Alaska driver’s licenses and ID cards will no longer be enough to get into a federal facility, including military bases.
“Approximately 14,000 Alaskan contractors and local service providers may be negatively impacted and required to have alternative forms of identification,” Brock, said. “The REAL ID Act will not impact personnel with a Department of Defense credential. Alaska driver’s licenses are still an authorized credential for driving on base, just not accessing base.”
Those with noncompliant licenses will need another form of ID to access federal installations that require credentials to enter, including:
- United States passports
- Permanent Resident card/Alien Registration Receipt Card (Form I-766)
- Foreign passports with a temporary (I-551) stamp
- An employment authorization document that contains a photograph (Form I-766)
- Current, valid driver’s license or identification card issued by a state or outlying…