‘Real ID’ star is a challenge

Back in Decem­ber or January, I don’t remember exactly when, I went to renew my driver’s license and found out I didn’t have everything I needed with me to get the Real ID star on my license. That’s the one that you’ll need to get into certain federal buildings across the country and board an airplane after Sept. 30, 2020. Since I didn’t know the following at the time I didn’t get the star and will need to go back at another time with something that verifies my identity and my Social Security number.

Here is what you will need to provide proof of lawful presence. One of these documents will do the trick: certified birth certifi­cate, unexpired U.S. pass­port, unexpired permanent residency card, unexpired permanent residency card, unexpired employment authorization card, naturalization certificate or consular report of birth abroad (FS-240).

You must also provide proof of your Social Secur­ity number. The document presented must match the name on the lawful presence document.

□Social Security card, current W-2 or 1099 (must have full Social Security number listed—if only the last four digits of the Social Security number are listed, it will not be accepted), □ Current pay stub (must have full Social Security number listed; if only the last four digits of the Social Security number are listed, it will not be accepted). This is where I went wrong. I took the paperwork that allowed me to get a replacement of my Social Security card, which had the number on it, but it didn’t qualify.

You must provide proof of Kansas residency, dated within the past 60 days. Junk mail or personal letters are not accepted. The following are a few examples of documents that can be used: current driver’s license renewal postcard, vehicle registration, utility bill, medical bill, bank statement.

If your name has changed from what is presented for lawful presence (due to adoption, marriage, divorce, court-ordered name change), or is not the same on all of your documents, you must provide proof of the name change to the DMV. The following are a few documents that will be accepted to prove a legal name change:

Certified marriage license, divorce decree, adoption paperwork, any court-ordered or legal name change documents.

One more thing. They won’t accept laminated documents and photocopies. I lucked out here because I only have one laminated and didn’t need that one.

This guy goes into a fancy hotel bar and asks the bartender the following question: What’s the WiFi password? Bartender: You need to buy a drink first. The guy: OK, I’ll have a Coke. How much is that? Bartender: Three bucks. There you go. The guy: So what’s the WiFi password? Bartender: You need to buy a drink first. No spaces, all lowercase.

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