You’ll soon need a new ID, driver’s license in NY: Here are tips to avoid pitfalls

Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, New Yorkers will need a new form of identification to cross the U.S. border or to fly within the country.

The change is required by the federal Real ID Act, adopted in 2005, and the state Department of Motor Vehicles is warning New Yorkers to avoid common pitfalls when applying for the new IDs.

“Our goal is to make the transition to a REAL ID as simple as possible for our customers,” said Terri Egan, the DMV’s executive deputy commissioner.

“When customers come prepared for their visit, it alleviates frustrations for them, reduces wait times for other customers and helps our staff provide the highest level of customer service.”

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