Portman, Brown Release Video Alerting Ohioans of REAL ID October 2020 Deadline

December 13, 2019 | Press Releases

COLUMBUS, OH – Today, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) released a joint video informing Ohioans of the upcoming October 1, 2020 deadline to obtain a REAL ID to travel domestically as well as enter any federal building or military installation that requires an ID. The REAL ID is a federally compliant state ID card as required by the REAL ID Act, which was passed by Congress in 2005 and enacted the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation that the federal government “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver’s licenses.”  

To obtain a REAL ID at Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicle (BMV) locations, Ohioans will need to prove the following: full legal name, date of birth, proof of U.S. legal presence, Social Security number, proof of address, legal name change (if applicable). 

Watch the video here.  

A transcript of the video is below: 

PORTMAN: Hi, I’m U.S. Senator Rob Portman. 

BROWN: And I’m Senator Sherrod Brown. 

PORTMAN: We’re joining forces today to talk about the importance of getting your REAL ID, a new, more secure standard of identification introduced by Congress in the wake of the tragic attacks on 9/11. 

BROWN: Every year, millions of Ohioans travel on domestic flights across our country. For years, it was enough to show up, just use your driver’s license as id to board. Starting next year, however, you’ll need a REAL ID to fly. 

PORTMAN: We’re told you’ll also need a REAL ID if you plan to enter any federal building or military installation that requires an id. To get a REAL ID, you’ll need to go to any Ohio BMV location. Make sure you bring along proof of your name, date of birth, Social Security number, and Ohio residency. You may already have a driver’s license that has a star in the upper right hand corner. If you have that, that’s a REAL ID. 

BROWN: We know spending time at the BMV isn’t anyone’s favorite thing to do. We’ve all done that. But the longer people wait, the longer the lines will get. And anyone who doesn’t have a REAL ID could be turned away at the airport, starting next year. That’s why we’re trying to educate Ohioans, why Rob and I are doing this now, before the requirements change.  

PORTMAN: When you get a REAL ID, not only will you be able to board domestic flights, but you’ll also help keep your identity safer. 

BROWN: If you need any additional information about getting your REAL ID, please visit bmv.ohio.org or call toll-free to (844) 644-6268. 

PORTMAN: Again, that’s bmv.ohio.org or toll-free at (844) 644-6268.