PARKVILLE, Md. (WJZ) — More than 54,000 Marylanders still need to submit paperwork to get their REAL IDs as the June deadline approaches.
To help the influx of drivers visiting Motor Vehicle Administration branches, the agency Tuesday opened an additional annex office space in Parkville to increase capacity as drivers apply for new REAL ID-compliant licenses.
The announcement comes as tens of thousands of Marylanders rush to fill out paperwork ahead of the deadline after which non-compliant licenses could be confiscated if a driver is stopped by police. Drivers would still be licensed in the state but their physical cards would be recalled.
The 1,334-square-foot office is located at the North Plaza Shopping Center near the Parkville MVA branch. It will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday through late 2019.
The MVA branch in Essex has also extended its hours on Tuesdays and Saturdays through July 2 due to increased demand.
Nationwide, everyone boarding a federally-regulated commercial aircraft will need a REAL ID or other acceptable form of ID by October 1, 2020.
If you’re a part of the group who need to replace their ID in June, you should have received a recall notice in the mail with a deadline. If you want to double check your status, click here.
Editor’s Note: In an earlier version of this story we said the deadline was June 1. The deadline is sometime in June based on a notice you’ve received from the MVA.