New Temporary ID Program Launches
Cortney Boren gets help with her application form at the new driver license office at the Utah State Prison.
It is one of the biggest problems offenders face upon release from prison: driver license cards — needed to apply for housing, jobs, assistance, programs, etc. — are lost or no longer valid. And documents (such as a birth certificate and Social Security card) needed to reapply for an ID are not readily available.
In response to that problem, Rep. Eric Hutchings, R-Kearns, in 2013 sponsored HB 320, which allows eligible individuals to get a temporary ID that is good for six months — time enough to apply for and receive a permanent ID.
Working together, the Utah Department of Corrections and Utah Driver License Division have set up a license office at the Utah State Prison to provide eligible offenders with a temporary ID on the day of their release.
As a result of the new program, release times have changed. Please note the new pick up times:
9 a.m.: Female inmates
10:30 a.m.: Male inmates with last names starting with letters"A through J"
12:30 p.m.: Male inmates with last names starting with letters "K through Z"