Here's why Hawaii driver's licenses will now bear a gold star

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Set to renew your driver's license soon?

Starting Tuesday, Hawaii licenses and state ID cards will bear a star in a gold circle.

The special emblem is to ensure full compliance with new federal guidelines.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has said that every person traveling domestically on a commercial airline will need to present a REAL ID-compliant ID with the gold emblem or another acceptable form of identification (such as a passport) by Oct. 1, 2020.

Back in 2013, federal authorities said IDs in compliance with the act didn't have to bear the star in a gold circle.

But DHS has changed the rules.

What's unclear: Does that mean that all Hawaii driver's licenses will need to bear the gold emblem by 2020 to be acceptable for commercial air travel?

That, the state Transportation Department said, isn't clear.

Other states have told residents that their IDs must bear the emblem to be compliant by 2020.

A Hawaii DOT spokeswoman said the agency is working with federal authorities to get more clarity.

"There is a chance" that all Hawaii IDs will need to bear the gold emblem by 2020 to be REAL ID-compliant, she said.

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