What do I Need to Know About the New REAL ID Deadline?

In order to fly on a plane or enter certain federal facilities, people are required to have proof of identity. While you usually only needed a regular driver’s license or passport, it was announced in 2019 that these laws would be changing. Travelers will now be required to have a Real ID in order to be allowed through airport security. Originally, the deadline to obtain this ID was originally October 2020, but the date was pushed back until Fall 2021 due to COVID-19. While this may seem far away, it is always important to be prepared in advance. Continue reading below to learn more.

What is Real ID?

In 2005, the REAL ID Act was established in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. It authorizes a federal standard for the issuance and production of identification cards and driver’s licenses. It establishes a minimum security standard for state-issued licenses and prohibits federal agencies from accepting IDs that do not meet these standards. Without the identification, individuals may not have access to federal facilities, nuclear power plants, and federally regulated commercial aircrafts. It is important to note that this requirement to obtain a Real ID is not an extra form of identification. It is simply an upgraded driver’s license. 

How Can I Get a Real ID?

It is best to begin this process of obtaining a Real ID early. You can receive this through your local Department of Motor Vehicles. When applying, you will be required to provide documentation that shows the following:

  • Full legal name
  • Date of birth
  • Social security number
  • Two proofs of address of principal residence
  • Lawful status

How do I Know if I Already Have a Real ID?

If you visited the DMV recently, there is a possibility that you already have the upgraded driver’s license. You can know for sure by looking at your driver’s license. A Real ID will have a gold or black star on the top right corner.

Can I Still Fly Without a Real ID?

All states and territories will require a Real ID as of Fall 2021. However, this does not mean that travelers are entirely unable to fly without it. Instead, they will be required to have a United States Passport, a United States Passport Card, or a State-issued Enhanced Driver’s License.

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