Prince William County residents are about to receive a new identification card.
Many people applied for the REAL ID at the Dumfries DMV Select today.
Congressman Gerry Connolly described the process at a press conference this morning.
Four items are needed to acquire the REAL ID.
In addition to proof of identity and legal presence, applicants must bring two proofs of residency and their social security number.
They should also have proof of any name changes to their name.
The REAL ID allows cardholders to board planes and access federal facilities.
“A lot is at stake in terms of access, and travel, and security, and that’s why this is so important,” Connolly said.
Since October 1, 2018, more than 900,000 Virginia residents have received their REAL ID. According to Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Commissioner Rick Holcomb, 1.7 million individuals across the Commonwealth are expected to get theirs.
“You might ask, ‘When is the best time to do it?’ Let me tell you — now, because normally December and January are slow months for us,” Holcomb said. February, March it picks back up, and we think that we will be busy up until October 1, 2020, which is the enforcement deadline.
Citizens who weren’t able to visit the Dumfries DMV Select today can apply for the REAL ID between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on February 10, April 20 and June 15.
The Dumfries DMV Select opened at the John Wilmer Porter Municipal Building in September. It offers several services, including voter registration, vehicle titles and registrations and license plates.
“This is the only DMV select in the county, and we’re making it convenient for people to be able to do DMV service, and I think we took a lot of pressure off of that Woodbridge DMV office by putting these services here,” Dumfries Mayor Derrick Wood said.