With the federal requirement for upgraded IDs for flights and other uses, DMVs are getting a lot busier
Monroe County Clerk Adam Bello says you are likely experiencing longer wait times at Department of Motor Vehicle branches because of the federally approved REAL ID Act .
Some people want to get a jump on the new requirement. Starting Oct. 1, 2020, only the Enhanced or REAL ID will be accepted to get on a domestic flight, enter certain federal buildings or military bases, unless you have a passport.
The REAL ID won't cost you any more money; however, according to the DMV, an Enhanced license will cost an additional $30 and will also allow you to cross a U.S. border coming from Canada, Mexico, and some Caribbean countries.
"It's almost like starting over again," said Bello. "You have to bring in your birth certificate, your Social Security card and all those documents have to be scanned by the clerks at the DMV and processed."
Bello is asking the state to allow county DMVs to keep a larger portion of the money the state makes at the local offices so clerks can hire more staff to handle the increased number of customers.
"... I love to travel, so whatever I have to do to travel, I'm going to do it. But for those who stay in Rochester, stay in their little towns, it's unfair," DMV customer Veronica Birmingham of Rochester said Thursday.
But fellow customer Chistina McVoi sees it differently. McVoi said, "I think it's more for our safety than anything else."
If you plan to travel, the DMV recommends you upgrade before 2020.