W.Va. one of few states ready to meet deadline for Real ID
Rand resident Patricia Nelson, 60, left, and Gwenda Keith, 64, of Glen Ferris, sort through all the new documents they need to renew their driver's licenses while they wait with Keith's husband, Delmar, at the Kanawha City DMV office. With an estimated wait time of more than an hour, both women wanted to make sure they wouldn't leave disappointed.
Although many people complained after the state adopted new, stringent federal photo ID requirements last year, officials say residents are adjusting to the change. Division of Motor Vehicles call center representatives say more customers are calling ahead to make sure they have all their documents in order before they make the trek to the DMV.
West Virginia is one of only 13 states to meet a 2013 deadline to comply with the federal Real ID Act. The post-9/11 law was designed to boost security for those looking to obtain a new photo ID.