Valid Implements REAL ID Driver’s License Standards for the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands

Valid Implements REAL ID Driver’s License Standards for the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands

Valid Facilitates the Department of Public Safety to Achieve REAL ID Compliance and Enhance Security for the Territory’s Residents


Valid, one of the leading providers of technology solutions for mobile, identity, data and payments, implemented its fully compliant REAL ID driver’s license (DL) and identification (ID) card solutions for the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). By implementing the Valid REAL ID solution and improving physical card security, CNMI is taking steps to secure the overall process of verifying the identities of its residents and issuing secure documents.

Valid and the CNMI Department of Public Safety (DPS) worked with the U.S. Federal Government Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Social Security Administration (SSA) throughout the process to ensure its certification package meets approval guidelines. Amid the rollout of the new REAL ID card, CNMI will also offer a non-compliant card for those residents unable to meet the REAL ID requirements. Without a REAL ID compliant document, citizens cannot access U.S. Federal Government facilities or board a commercial flight after October 1, 2020.

Valid trained CNMI’s DPS licensing team to use its streamlined software which collects applicants’ information to issue secure credentials. The criteria required to meet REAL ID compliance include:
Ensuring images are retrievable by the DMV if requested by law enforcement
Implementing document security features on REAL ID cards to protect against reproduction and document fraud
Verifying applicants various proofs of identity before issuing a REAL ID card

“The implementation process went incredibly smooth with very few problems,” said Mike Fox, vice president and CCO of Valid. “This is a reflection on the thorough planning, testing and training that went into the project by the Valid and CNMI teams before the implementation occurred.”

“The REAL ID regulations and policies are very intricate and nuanced and Valid has been a great partner and successfully led CNMI through this project,” said John Deleon Guerrero, the Department of Public Safety systems administrator. “The implementation timeline with Valid was a swift 12 months which is years shorter than the industry average. CNMI now has a secure system that can be easily updated with CNMI legislation changes moving into the future.”

Valid hosts the CNMI REAL ID solution in a secure virtual private cloud within an Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) GovCloud Region. The Valid implementation of its software within AWS includes cybersecurity monitoring using machine learning which pinpoints potential malicious activity and unauthorized behavior. The Valid software automatically initiates necessary measures to deal with suspicious activity.

Congress passed the REAL ID Act in 2005, which establishes minimum security standards for state-issued DL and ID cards. The act prohibits federal agencies from accepting DL and ID cards for any official purpose from states that do not meet these standards. The final enforcement phase covers acceptance of state-issued DL and ID cards for purposes of boarding a federally-regulated commercial aircraft and began in Jan. 2018. The regulatory card-based enforcement date is Oct. 1, 2020.

For more information on the REAL ID Act, please visit the DHS website at:


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