By October 2020, Virginians will need an updated driver’s license, compliant with REAL ID, in order to board domestic flights or enter secure federal facilities, and the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles is encouraging residents to apply for their new ID early to beat the rush.

You can also obtain REAL ID credentials when applying for a new passport or military ID, but the easiest way is to renew your driver’s license in person. Updating to REAL ID involves a one-time $10 charge, plus regular renewal fees ($32) or replacement fees ($20). They can be renewed up to one year before the expiration date.

To apply, bring physical documents proving your identity and physical address, which can include your current driver’s license, U.S. passports, birth certificates, marriage certificates, social security cards, W-2 forms, voter registration cards, leases or utility bills. Statements sent to P.O. Boxes do not apply, as they do not prove residency.

The Washington County DMV in Abingdon on 25552 Lee Highway is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturdays and closed on Sundays. DMV Connect will also be setting up at the Washington County Government Center (1 Government Center Place, Suite A, Abingdon, Va.) to assist residents with renewing their IDs on the following dates: June 12, Aug. 14, Oct. 9 and Dec. 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day.

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