Montana residents urged to plan ahead to get REAL ID
By AMY BETH HANSON Associated Press
Montana residents who need to renew their driver's licenses are facing delays of two months or longer.
That's because of the demand and documentation needed for the new REAL ID-compliant licenses that will be required to board domestic flights by next October.
Montana's available appointments at driver's license stations in Bozeman are about 10 weeks out.
Helena appointments aren't available for nine weeks and the earliest appointments in Billings are eight weeks from now. Officials say that's partially due to staffing shortages.
The biggest problem people are encountering in getting a REAL ID is documenting name changes due to marriage or adoption.