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DMV makes improvements to REAL ID application process

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — There’s a new digital service at the state Division of Motor Vehicles’ that gives drivers better access to obtaining a REAL ID.

REAL ID Headstart offers a guided path through pre-enrollment by allowing applicants to verify their identity, upload required documents and schedule their REAL ID appointment.

The federal deadline to get a REAL ID is May 3, 2023.

“We know that the rush is coming as the REAL ID deadline approaches. While many West Virginians already have a REAL ID, this new service shows that we’re still doing everything in our power to help minimize the crowds in regional offices,” said DMV Commissioner Everett Frazier in a statement.

West Virginia is one of only a few states to offer a REAL ID pre-enrollment service like REAL ID Headstart.

A change to the federal law is in progress to support a completely digital upgrade. The law still requires the required documents be presented in-person and verified by the DMV.

REAL ID Headstart is available at dmv.wv.gov.

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