Be prepared to show more documentation when renewing your Hawaii driver?s license beginning March 5, warn officials at the Dept. of Transportation.
Individuals must provide a valid or certified copy of their Social Security Card. In addition, to demonstrate legal presence, the driver licensing offices will also require either a passport, a birth certificate, certificate of naturalization, or a resident alien card. There will be different requirements for foreign born and nationalized citizens. Married women who change their names will be required to bring their marriage license.
Officials said getting some of these documents can take weeks.
"We want people to plan ahead, get these documents ahead of time because as you can imagine, the more people try to get copies of their social security card and birth certificates, that's a four week process," said DOT Spokesman Dan Meisenzahl.
Critics claim it is part of the move for a national ID card. State officials say it is a major component of the federally mandated REAL ID Act of 2005.
"Sometime in the future you could be traveling across the country, they will not accept your Hawaii driver?s license as actual identification to get into the airport," said Meisenzahl.
Who is going to pay for the system to scan and store all the documentation?
"It's going to actually be on the counties. The counties are on the front line as far as issuing driver's licenses,' Meisenzahl said.
Officials claim this will keep us safe from terrorists, but the new rules are troublesome for many who are concerned about privacy and civil rights.
"If you've been a long-time resident, a long-time driver that's kind of messed up. I don't know why you'd want all that documentation for someone who's basically legal," claimed a Vietnam veteran who goes by the name Pato.