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

In 2019, it was announced that individuals would need a new form of identification in order to fly on a plane or enter certain federal facilities. This is known as the Real ID. While in the past you were only required to have a regular driver’s license or passport, this new identification will now be required. Originally, the deadline to receive this ID was October 2020. However, the deadline was pushed back until Fall 2021 due to COVID-19. This may seem far away but it is important to be prepared in advance. Continue reading below to learn more.

What is Real ID?

The REAL ID Act was established in 2005 in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks in order to authorize a federal standard for issuing and producing identification cards and driver’s licenses. The Act established a minimum security standard for state-issued licenses in addition to prohibiting federal agencies from accepting IDs that do not meet the standards. Failure to have this identification can result in a person not having access to federal facilities, nuclear power plants, and federally regulated commercial aircrafts. It is important to be aware that a Real ID is not an extra form of identification, but an upgraded driver’s license. 

How Can I Get a Real ID?

It is best to begin preparations early to obtain a Real ID instead of waiting too long and risking being in a situation without one. This can be done through your local Department of Motor Vehicles. When applying, you must provide documentation that proves 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 recently visited the DMV, it is possible that you already have the required upgraded driver’s license. This can be determined simply by looking at your driver’s license. If it is a Real ID, it will have either a gold star or a black star on the top right corner.

Can I Still Fly Without a Real ID?

All states and territories will require flyers to have a Real ID as of Fall 2021. However, this does not mean that they are completely unable to fly if they do not have it. In lieu of this, 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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