REAL ID COUNTDOWN: Five months remain to secure alternate ID card

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI)- According to the Missouri Department of Revenue, beginning May 3, 2023, residents of every U.S. state and territory (18 years or older) will be required to present a REAL ID- compliant driver license or ID card, or another form of ID accepted by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), to board federally-regulated domestic flights, to access federal facilities and to enter nuclear power plants.

The Cape Girardeau County archive center in Jackson, Mo., is a good source for finding documentation you might need to retrieve a Missouri REAL ID.

“We at the archive center, we can help people who have had a name change due to a divorce, so particularly women, typically speaking,” said Marybeth Niederkorn, director of Cape Girardeau County Archive Center. “And we have copies of divorces, from the early 1800s to late 2010.”

One acceptable document to identify legal name and date of birth, lawful status in the United States, social security number, Missouri residency additional items, such as a certified marriage license or court order, may be required to verify a new or prior name change if your name is different from the name on your ID and date of birth verification document.

“We have a few people a week who call in, and they’ve misplaced their divorce papers. Or they just need to know what documents they need,” said Niederkorn.

The archive center does not specialize in obtaining the Missouri REAL ID, but they can help in receiving lost documentation.

“We can definitely look up a copy of a divorce or we can send you over to the recorder’s office if you need a certified copy of a marriage license,” concluded Niederkorn.

You can apply for a REAL ID-compliant driver license or non-driver ID card at one of Missouri’s more than 170 Department of Motor Vehicle locations.

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