Real ID

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Attempted to obtain my Real ID in Pa. twice. The first time I didn’t have the proper birth certificate. Mine was a Certificate of Registration. So $20 later I received my real birth certificate. Went to DMV the second time and apparently my Marriage Certificate that was issued in Maryland isn’t acceptable because it states “ in accordance with” on there referring to the district court that issued it. So I’m no closer to obtaining it. Oh yeah, when I do get my real ID they will renew my drivers license for another 4 years of which I need to pay again!
 

weihlac

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Simple solution- get a US passport. It is good for 10 years and can be used as ID for ALL purposes. Keep your current license until it expires.
 

jsn55

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I had the opposite experience in California last winter. My DL expired in December, I checked in October and the first DMV appt I could get was in February. I asked about the new ID thing and was told that I'd need to come back with my passport, blah, blah, blah. Oh, great, I get to do the DMV shuffle all over again. When my new license arrived, it's a "new ID" with some kind of a golden bear on it. Just weird.
 
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Looking at the Maryland DMV's requirements for a REAL ID, it looks like if you get a passport in your married name than your marriage certificate is not required at all to get a REAL ID. Your marriage certificate is only required if you don't have a passport and your current name does not match your birth certificate name.
 
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Looking at the Maryland DMV's requirements for a REAL ID, it looks like if you get a passport in your married name than your marriage certificate is not required at all to get a REAL ID. Your marriage certificate is only required if you don't have a passport and your current name does not match your birth certificate name.
For clarification, Mary Ann lives in Pennsylvania . . .
 
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For clarification, Mary Ann lives in Pennsylvania . . .
My bad, I meant Pennsylvania DMV's requirements... I looked up the PA DMV's requirements then went down a rabbit hole looking at what department issues Maryland marriage certificates and then got confused when I typed my response...
 
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Thanks for all your input. I considered the passport but it needs renewed every ten years and that costs more than the Real ID. Calling Maryland on Monday to see if I can fix this
 
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My frustration stems from the fact I was there 10 days ago and the marriage certificate was valid and then today the rules changed. Two trips to the DMV and no results.
 
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Something doesn't sound right. Does the marriage certificate have a raised seal or official stamp from the county of issue? If it is an official document and not a copy, you may want to travel to a different license registrar in PA to see if they will accept it.
Exactly what I’m going to do! Seems nobody can get their facts straight. And SS accepted it for a name change. It’s legal!
 

Neil Maley

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Did you ask for a supervisor to review your marriage certificate? This is what the PA DMV SAYS:

Proof of all legal name changes: Certified marriage certificate, court order, or divorce decree issued by your county’s family court.


If your certificate was a certified marriage certificate, perhaps the employee erred.