While that will help streamline the agency's process, Miller said more employees would still be needed to handle the longer customer transactions.
"To address this issue, the Division estimates that it will need an additional 45 employees at an annual cost of $1,350,000 to maintain the customer service level expected by our customers and the Legislature," he said.
Historically, the State Road Fund has paid for driver's license program costs.
But with that fund unable to cover the state's road needs, officials have been reluctant to tap it to cover Real ID costs.
The DMV has also had to absorb some additional operational costs by implementing the Real ID requirements. Those costs totaled about $1.9 million last year.
So far, the agency has been able to offset some costs by securing federal grants and strategically planning other expenditures. Revenue from the Motor Vehicle Fees Fund covered the rest.
While that fund has enough revenue to cover costs for the upcoming budget year, Miller said lawmakers would need to find some other way to supplement the revenue in coming years.
Otherwise, the Department of Transportation will have to start using State Road Fund revenue to start covering the costs.
While Miller is requesting the new employees and additional funding, there's no guarantee he will get them.
His proposal was included in the Department of Transportation's overall budget request.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and budget office staff members are in the process of reviewing all agency requests this fall.
The winner of this November's gubernatorial election will take the proposals under consideration when the governor crafts the fiscal year 2014 budget bill and presents it to the Legislature in February.
Most state agencies have been asked to cut general revenue fund spending by 7.5 percent next year.
Because mostly fees and driver taxes - not general revenue tax collections - fund the DMV, the 7.5 percent reduction order does not apply to it.
In the end, the governor and Legislature will have the option to make changes as they work on the Budget Bill.