What you need to know about Real ID

What is the Real ID Act?

The Real ID Act was passed in 2005. The Act establishes minimum security criteria for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards, and it prevents federal agencies from recognizing licenses and identity cards from states that do not satisfy these standards for official purposes. You will need a Real ID to access certain federal facilities, board federally regulated commercial aircraft, and enter nuclear power plants.

55 US States and Territories are working towards full compliance by May 3, 2023. 

What do you need to get your Real ID?

Visit your state’s driver’s licensing agency website to find out exactly what documentation is required to obtain a REAL ID. At a minimum, you must provide documentation showing: 1) Full Legal Name; 2) Date of Birth; 3) Social Security Number; 4) Two Proofs of Address of Principal Residence; and 5) Lawful Status.

States may impose additional requirements, so check with your state’s driver’s licensing agency website, before visiting them in person, for additional guidance and assistance.

When will Real ID be required?

May 3, 2023

How do I know if I already have a Real ID?

Real IDs are marked with a star on the top of the card. 

What about minors?

The TSA does not require minors under the age of 18 to present a Real ID-compliant license or ID card for travel. However, the flying companion will be required to show their Real ID. 

Note of importance- a Real ID is not a passport and you will still be required to present a passport for international travel. 

Do you still have more questions? See your government website to find out more! 

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