REAL ID Readiness: How can you help prepare?
According to the Department of Homeland Security’s website, the REAL ID Act will create secure driver’s licenses and identification documents. This Act has created “security standards for license issuance and production and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for certain purposed driver’s licenses and identifications cards from states not meeting the Act’s minimum standards.” For the majority of Americans, this Act will affect them when boarding federally regulated commercial aircraft.
The final enforcement deadline is October 1, 2020. By this date, individuals must obtain a REAL ID compliant card if they wish to fly on commercial aircraft. If an individual does not visit their state’s driver’s licensing agency by this date, they will not be permitted through TSA airport security checkpoints.
On the Department of Homeland Security’s website, there are over 25 frequently asked questions that range from whether or not all states are issuing REAL ID compliant cards, how to identify if a license is REAL ID compliant, and other questions about traveling after October 1, 2020. Other than these questions, there isn’t an abundance of resources available to the public regarding the REAL ID Act.
So, how can government officials and departments reach out to citizens, state agencies, and federal enforcement officers before the October 1, 2020 deadline?
Notify About Upcoming Deadlines & Resources
In 2020, use Auto-Calls to send pre-recorded messages from government officials to citizens about upcoming deadlines and instructions. Send text messages with SMS Broadcast to link to resources, including how to determine whether or not their current ID is REAL ID compliant.
Live Conversations with Q&A
Through Access Live™ technology, elected representatives and government departments can call residents in each state, state representatives and federal enforcement officers to discuss the REAL ID Act and answer questions. Speak about state extensions and what that means for citizens, how states can find more information about the REAL ID Act and its regulations, and even guide federal enforcement officers as to what documents are acceptable for travelers.
Poll to Determine Readiness
Interested to know how ready citizens and federal enforcement officers are for the REAL ID Act deadline? Or how many residents have obtained the correct identification card? Or even how many people still have questions about the Act? Use Surveyor® phone polling to call landlines and mobile devices and receive answers to these, and many other questions.
In addition to the REAL ID Act, some states are even making driver’s licenses digital. Make it known to those residents what it means for them and answer questions like: When will businesses start accepting those IDs? Will it be accepted by TSA? Is it secure? How do you download a digital license? Is it required?