The Department of Motor Vehicles has begun the process required to offer  verified-identification driver’s licenses and state identity cards.

The agency says those who provide the proper documents when getting or renewing a license will get a gold star on the new license,  making it valid for federal checkpoints, like courthouses or the TSA line at airports.  Those  who chose not to get the federal identification confirmation may face extra scrutiny at federal checkpoints.

There’s a list of the original identity documents that will be accepted at the website for SelectCTid.

The new licenses won’t be offered until October —  but residents may want to begin getting documents in order,  so they’re ready when their license is up for renewal.

Starting in May,   DMV plans to close local offices statewide at times to review the handling of the identity program,

Drivers or identity-card users will be able to apply for the verified identity licenses when their next license renewal comes up, over the next few years,  for the proposed program for airports and federal buildings planned to take effect in 2017.


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