Maryland recalls thousands of driver's licenses

Source: The Hill | August 15, 2019 | Chris Mills Rodrigo

Maryland has recalled 8,000 driver’s licenses for failing to meet requirements of the Real ID Act, The Washington Post reported Thursday.

The federal law is designed to tighten security for state-issued identification.

The 8,000 residents who have had their licenses recalled could have them taken by police if pulled over.

The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) says those with recalled IDs can avoid having them taken by presenting needed information — proof of age and identity, Social Security number and Maryland residency — to an agency branch, per the Post.

The people with required paperwork received their licenses starting in 2016 when the MVA started issuing Real ID-compliant licenses and identification cards.

In 2017, the Department of Homeland Security notified Maryland that all drivers needed to have scanned copies of proof of identity and residence on file at the MVA.

Another 780,000 Maryland drivers with the state-issued Real ID licenses don’t have the necessary info on file, the MVA told the Post.

The 8,000 with recall orders were part of the first wave of residents meant to file their paperwork, a strategy to avoid overburdening the MVA.

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