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Driving into a National Park? I can't see the government doing that, but then okay, I won't go see the Grand Canyon again (didn't plan to anyway!).
We’re fortunate that our two states share The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. A beautiful place with no check stations at the entrances or admission fees.
 

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Will I need one to get into a Smithsonian Museum or such? Well, I doubt it (we let foreigners just walk in now), but if so, I'll forego all that.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe that the Smithsonian Institution has always welcomed everyone.

Practically speaking, the only difference between getting a Real ID and a formerly-standard driver's license is the number and forms of ID that you're required to bring. In Massachusetts, the only difference is that you must do it in-person and you have to bring two, not one document showing Mass. residency.



Here's the DHS FAQ page
. It answers Lee's question about National Parks—Real ID is only required in Federal facilities that already require ID.
 

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I keep seeing bits about the real ID on the News, but haven’t paid too much attention to it. If I can get one when I renew my driver’s license by just bringing along my passport, I might do it. Do you have to pay extra to get one?
 

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I keep seeing bits about the real ID on the News, but haven’t paid too much attention to it. If I can get one when I renew my driver’s license by just bringing along my passport, I might do it. Do you have to pay extra to get one?
In Ohio it was a few dollars more and took about 3 weeks to receive the star license.

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I keep seeing bits about the real ID on the News, but haven’t paid too much attention to it. If I can get one when I renew my driver’s license by just bringing along my passport, I might do it. Do you have to pay extra to get one?
In my state a passport that has not expired is good. Otherwise one needed your Social Security card, Birth Certificate, and if name change from Birth Certificate proof. Meaning my wife had to bring our marriage certificate for hers. If it cost a few bucks more I don't remember it. Not enough to raise my eyebrows.
I have heard some had to bring proof of address, wife and I did not. We have been married 39 years and have lived in this house since 1994.

Hope this helps Andy.
 

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I got one a couple of weeks ago. Pennsylvania was one of the states to not be able to comply, but that wasn't surprising. Anyway, I paid my 35 bucks for a new license, and went to the DMV in Bridgeville, Pa. (it reminded me of something out of a science fiction movie, all uncolorful, cold and very mechanical)

So, I paid another 35 dollars, filled out and signed several forms presented my 27 forms of identification, got my picture taken several times, and walked out about a hour later with my new official READ ID. Now, I can present myself at any Federal Court I am summoned to, and gain entry without any hassle.

What a great country this is.
 

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I spent over $500 on trains yesterday without giving it much thought, but for some reason it irritates me to have to pay an extra $35 every 4 years to get a real ID. I have to renew my license this summer. Haven’t yet decided if I’ll get a real ID license.
 

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I got one a couple of weeks ago. Pennsylvania was one of the states to not be able to comply, but that wasn't surprising. Anyway, I paid my 35 bucks for a new license, and went to the DMV in Bridgeville, Pa. (it reminded me of something out of a science fiction movie, all uncolorful, cold and very mechanical)

So, I paid another 35 dollars, filled out and signed several forms presented my 27 forms of identification, got my picture taken several times, and walked out about a hour later with my new official READ ID. Now, I can present myself at any Federal Court I am summoned to, and gain entry without any hassle.

What a great country this is.
That it is....could be a WHOLE lot worse.....
 

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I spent over $500 on trains yesterday without giving it much thought, but for some reason it irritates me to have to pay an extra $35 every 4 years to get a real ID. I have to renew my license this summer. Haven’t yet decided if I’ll get a real ID license.
You don't have to pay extra after the one-time charge, you just pay what you would to renew your drivers license. I'm sure you're still going to renew the driver's license, right?

From the PA website...

You will pay a one-time fee of $30, plus a renewal fee (current renewal fee is $30.50 for a four-year non-commercial driver’s license or a photo ID). The expiration date of the initial REAL ID product will include any time remaining on your current license or ID card, plus an additional four years, unless you are over 65 and have a two-year license.

This expiration date structure means that you won’t “lose” time that you've already paid for. After the initial REAL ID product expires, the customer will pay no additional fee, beyond regular renewal fees, to renew a REAL ID product.
 

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It just irritates me no end that we need yet another ID when illegals don't need any ID to do anything! :mad::mad::mad:
 

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In Delaware it does not cost any more than a regular license renewal. When they started it they actually increased the number of years to renew without any additional cost. The only problem we had was that they would not accept my wife's ID of our marriage license from the church without it having a raised state seal on it. Had to send a request to the state for an official state marriage license and pay a small fee for it.
 

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The only problem we had was that they would not accept my wife's ID of our marriage license from the church without it having a raised state seal on it. Had to send a request to the state for an official state marriage license and pay a small fee for it.
Good point. The same holds true for birth certificates. Many of us ‘boomers’ who still have our originals without the raised seals will find out the hard way that they’re no longer valid. This happened to a couple of my friends. Mine is also the old type, but I have a passport so won’t need the BC.

I’ve also been told that my original Social Security card isn’t valid either. (Not told officially, so that may be Bull.) But I have a paid preparer tax form. That will do.
Good to check all the details before going down and standing on line for nothing.
 

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In Canada, our Social Insurance cards are the same material as a credit card.....last forever, but can develope cracks when old....much like myself.....
 
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