DRT still not compliant with Real I.D. Act

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“For the record, we DRT, never claimed we have a Real I.D. It was a miscommunication. We just kept saying we were working towards compliance. That’s what we kept stating.” – DRT Deputy Director Marie Benito.

Guam – During a roundtable hearing on the Real I.D. Act, DRT Director John Camacho told senators that the Real I.D. is not an actual requirement of law, but rather something that is voluntary. Despite these claims, federal buildings and interstate travel will require Real I.D. compliant drivers’ licenses or passports. Camacho says they have met most of the 39 requirements of the Real I.D. Act but has asked for an extension until August 30th of 2018 to be compliant.

Vice-Speaker Therese Terlaje brought up the fact that the long lines at DMV were blamed on the processes necessary to be compliant with the Real I.D. Act.

“I don’t think anybody understood at the time when they were lining up for these long hours that their Real I.D. was not really a Real I.D. because that was the explanation given. We were converting to Real I.D. that’s why they were waiting and then we found out traveling that it’s not really a Real I.D. and we still have to wait again for Department of Rev&Tax to convert it,” said Terlaje.

“Everybody that lined up early this year to get supposedly a Real I.D. card didn’t get one. How are they going to get it now? Because they don’t want to get in line for anything no more. It’s like enough is enough,” added Senator Joe San Agustin.

“For the record, we DRT, never claimed we have a Real I.D. It was a miscommunication. We just kept saying we were working towards compliance. That’s what we kept stating,” said DRT Deputy Director Marie Benito.

Benito added that they are working on ways to ensure that people who have already been vetted won’t have to stand in long lines to get their Real I.D. once the agency is 100 percent compliant.