DMV Officials say D.C. residents can wait to get new 'Real ID' licenses until current license expires

WASHINGTON (WJLA) - D.C. residents will not be required to swap their current licenses and get the new federally compliant Real ID license just yet, according to WAMU.

Initially, it was announced that the Real IDs would become available on May 1 and residents would have until May 2015 to get the new credential. It was suggested residents sign up for the new ID by January 2015, which is when certain federal buildings would require the IDs in order to gain access.

Department of Motor Vehicles officials are now saying residents can allow their current licenses to expire before signing up for the new one, WAMU reports. Only new residents and those who are renewing or replacing their license will be required to visit a service center and get a Real ID.

Read more at WAMU.