8,000 residents of Maryland have had their driver’s licenses recalled because they did not meet the requirements to comply with the Real ID Act. For these residents, if any were pulled over by the police, their driver’s license would be confiscated. According to the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA), those 8,000 can avoid the confiscation of their license by showing proper paperwork.
The 8,000 residents were told to present their paperwork in June, which was pushed back to July. Yet, none of those residents responded despite the multiple warnings given since December 2018. Out of all 8,000 drivers, three had their licenses taken away. They submitted proper documents and now have their licenses back. This is according to MVA spokeswoman Adrienne Diaczok.
The MVA is working towards getting its customers the new license, which is compliant with the Real ID Act. Starting next fall, the only licenses that will be accepted are those meeting the Real ID requirements. The state says that more than half of Marylanders have licenses that comply with Real ID. However, the state will need to get all of its residents Real ID compliant by the 1st of October.
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