Del. to Launch Federal ID Initiative

The new requirement takes effect Dec. 1, 2014, for residents born after 1964. Those born before then have until Dec. 1, 2017, to comply with the mandate, according to the US Department of Homeland Security.

To obtain a federally compliant driver’s license or identification card, residents will have to show their original birth certificates, Social Security card and two other forms of identification, such as a utility bill or a current state-issued driver’s license, said Jennifer Cohan, director of the Division of Motor Vehicles.

Delaware DMV offices will begin issuing the new licenses July 1 as they start phasing in the new ID cards over the next four and a half years, Cohan said.

Residents are not required to obtain the new form of ID, but they won’t be able to travel by commercial airliner or train after the 2014 and 2017 deadlines if they don’t, Cohan said.

"We’re encouraging them to get the secure driver’s license and identification card," Cohan said.

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