More than 66,000 Marylanders will need to prove their residency in order to receive a new Real ID driver’s license. But one agency taking on extra work, as a result, is the Frederick County Health Department.
Real ID is a federal measure to create secure standards for identification cards, such as a driver’s license, according to the Maryland Department of Transportation. Although Maryland began issuing Real ID licenses, indicated by a start at the top of the Maryland-flag-designed licenses, the measure also requires documents showing residency, Social Security status and age.
Of the documents showing age, people can bring in a birth certificate, a U.S. passport that is valid or expired less than five years ago, a naturalization or citizenship certificate, adoption records, a consular report of birth abroad or a permanent resident card, according to MDOT.
But the birth certificate that many receive upon birth from the hospital is not a valid document accepted by the Motor Vehicle Administration. Instead, people need to get their certificate from their health department.
And as the more than 66,000 people scramble to get documents ready to meet the deadline, the Frederick County Health Department is seeing an influx of people, said Rissah Watkins, the department's director of planning, assessment and communication.
A valid birth certificate includes “Certificate of Live Birth” and has impressed seals on the bottom corners, as well as watermarks.
To get a birth certificate from the health department, people must fill out a request form, which can be found on the department’s website, and bring photo identification to the health department. The health department charges $20 for a birth certificate.
People who bring a government-issued photo identification card can get their birth certificate the same day. Those who do not have a photo ID need to provide two other forms of identification, such a bank statement, a Social Security card or pay stub, and will get it mailed to them.
The birth and death certificate office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.