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Many states have recently updated their laws to require residents to show their birth certificate in order to renew their driver's license. If you live in the state of Florida, Oregon, Maryland, Utah, or Indiana, among others, you will now be required to show a certified copy of your birth certificate or other documents in order to renew your driver's license.

Why do states now require a birth certificate for a driver's license? Many states require a birth certificate or other documents to renew a driver's license in order to comply with the federal REAL ID Act of 2005 in a nationwide effort to improve the integrity and security of State-issued driver's licenses and identification cards, which in turn will help fight terrorism and reduce fraud. The federal REAL ID Act of 2005 adopted the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission which are designed to make it harder for terrorists, illegal immigrants, and con artists to steal identities or obtain fraudulent IDs.

To learn more about the requirements for your state, read below:

Renewing your Driver's License in Florida In January 2010, the state of Florida began requiring official documents proving your identity, Social Security number and residential address to renew your driver's license. Proof of identity can be established by documents such as a certified birth certificate, valid US passport, or other identification documents.

Florida residents can renew their license online or by calling the Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Department of Florida. Starting December 1, 2014, all residents will be required to prove their identity with REAL ID compliant documents. Fortunately, there are reputable express vital record services for ordering an online birth certificate quickly and securely.

Renewing your Driver's License in Oregon In July 2008, the state of Oregon began requiring official documents be presented to an Oregon DMV office when renewing an Oregon driver's license. Oregon requires proof of U.S. citizenship or lawful presence in the country (such as a birth certificate), proof of Social Security number (such as a Social Security card or an employment document), proof of your full legal name (such as a birth certificate), and proof of your Oregon residence address, if your address has changed.

You will also be required to present your renewal reminder card and/or your current license.

Renewing your Driver's License in Maryland Since June 2009, Maryland requires residents to bring original or certified copies of documents proving age and identity, possession of a valid Social Security number, and lawful status in the United States to renew their driver's license. To prove age and identity, Maryland suggests a valid, unexpired U.S. passport or an original or certified copy of a birth certificate. If you do not have a passport or a copy of your birth certificate, you can easily order a birth certificate online from a Vital Statistics agency. If you need a birth certificate right away, you can usually have a birth certificate replacement sent to you with expedited shipping.

Renewing your Driver's License in Utah As of January 2010, Utah now requires original or certified copies of documents proving your legal/lawful presence, Social Security number, Utah residence and evidence of name change (if applicable) to renew your Utah driver's license.

Renewing your Driver's License in Indiana The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) recently introduced new security measures to protect valuable credentials such as driver's licenses and identification cards. If you need to renew your driver's license or apply for a new driver's license in the state of Indiana, you may want to obtain a SecureID.

To get a SecureID, you must bring documents proving your name and date of birth, Social Security number, lawful status in the United States, and Indiana residency to a license branch. To prove your name and date of birth, it is suggested that you bring a certified copy of your birth certificate, which you can order online from a Vital Records agency or a reputable express certificate service.

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