New rules for licenses to go in effect in March

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    By Associated Press
    POSTED: 05:15 p.m. HST, Jan 08, 2012
    LAST UPDATED: 05:17 p.m. HST, Jan 08, 2012

    Transportation officials want Hawaii residents to know that the requirements to get a driver’s license or learner’s permit will soon be changing.

    Beginning March 5, Hawaii will require proof of “legal presence” before people can obtain a driver’s license or learner’s permits, state Department of Transportation spokesman Dan Meisenzahl said Sunday.

    The new rules come as the state moves to comply with the stricter requirements of the Real ID federal security law.

    “Tell your friends, tell your family,” Meisenzahl said. “It kicks in in two months, but will be impacting people for years.”

    The federal law requires states to replace their driver’s licenses and ID cards with more secure documents, which the federal government will require before allowing people to board airline flights and enter federal buildings.

    Under the new rules, people renewing, reinstating and applying for a Hawaii driver’s license or learner’s permit will have to provide a Social Security card and at least one of several other documents, such as a birth certificate or a valid U.S. passport, Meisenzahl said.

    Married women who have changed their last names will also have to provide a valid or certified copy of their marriage licenses.

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