Westfield veteran unable to receive Real ID with military discharge paperwork

Hampden County

A Westfield veteran is upset he’s unable to obtain a Real ID because the Registry of Motor Vehicles is not accepting his military discharge paperwork as proof of citizenship.

Frank Mills is trying to obtain a Federal Security Standard ID, known as a Real ID but MassDOT told 22News his honorable discharge paperwork is not an acceptable form of ID.

After October 1, 2020, everyone will need a Real ID in order to fly within the United States or enter federal buildings.

Army Veteran Frank Mills says he’s trying to be proactive. Mills told 22News he used that same paperwork to have a Veterans designation placed on his driver’s license recently.

“Carried it with me every since,” Mills told 22News. “On occasion, I’ve had to provide it as proof and now the same people who issued it are saying it’s not sufficient.”

To apply for a Real ID, you must provide a birth certificate, social security card, and proof of your address.

Information that is listed on the veterans sealed military discharge card. A “DD 214” form contains information normally needed to verify military service for benefits, retirement, employment, and membership in veterans’ organizations.

MassDOT Communications Director Jacquelyn Goddard told 22News that, under the new federal credential requirements, military discharge paperwork is not an acceptable proof of identity.

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