Connecticut will move on “Real ID” license program this fall

Sunday, May 15, 2011
By Paul Martin

Martin B. Cassidy
GreenwichTime.com

STAMFORD — This fall, state drivers will need to go through a new system for renewing and obtaining licenses that will require a variety of identifications to obtain a new photo ID to flash as they enter airports, courthouses and other federal buildings.

The program, called CT Select ID, would start Oct. 3, and has been recognized as compliant with the security guidelines of the federal Real ID Act, Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles spokesman William Seymour said.

The Real ID Act was enacted by Congress in 2005, in response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on New York and the Pentagon, to require state motor vehicle officials nationwide to create a process to check the legal immigration or citizenship status during license application or forfeit federal recognition of the documents for official purposes such as travel.

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