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Real ID issues to be discussed at town hall meeting

The Daily Times staff
Nancy Joe hugs her mother, Bessie Paul after she completing her paper work for a birth certificate, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016 at the Northern Navajo Agency Nataani Nez Complex in Shiprock.

FARMINGTON — There will be a town hall meeting for members of the Navajo Nation to address concerns and share information about Real ID driver's licenses and driving authorization cards issued by the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Department.

Jared Touchin, spokesman for the Office of the Speaker, said Speaker LoRenzo Bates and council delegates have been meeting with state officials to try to resolve issues tribal members have been facing when providing proper documentation to apply for Real ID driver's licenses and driving authorization cards.

There will be a presentation about the Real ID Act and to explain how the process works for obtaining licenses and cards, Touchin said.

The presentation will be translated into the Navajo language during the meeting and a question and answer session will take place as well, he said.

New Mexico started issuing driver's licenses and identification cards in November 2016 that comply with the federal Real ID Act of 2005 in addition to issuing non-compliant driving authorization cards.

Shenika Sam, left, and Myron Ben, fill out paperwork for their son Mikaiya Ben for his birth certificate, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016 at the Northern Navajo Agency Nataani Nez Complex in Shiprock.

The meeting will include tribal leaders and representatives from the state taxation and revenue department, the state Motor Vehicle Department and the tribe's Office of Vital Records and Identification.

The town hall meeting will start at 9 a.m. Friday at Navajo Technical University Wellness Center in Crownpoint.

For more information, contact the Office of the Speaker at 928-871-7160.

State of New Mexico officials and volunteers help Betty Largo, right, with her birth certificate paper work, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016 at the Northern Navajo Agency Nataani Nez Complex in Shiprock.