How does REAL ID affect me?

Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, you must show a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or ID card, or an alternative form of acceptable identification, for domestic air travel and for entering certain federal facilities. The federal Transportation Security Administration website lists acceptable alternatives to a state-issued REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or ID card. 

You may not need a REAL ID-compliant card if you:

  • Do not fly and you do not plan to enter certain federal facilities, such as military bases and nuclear power plants.
  • Have an acceptable alternative to a state-issued REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or ID card, such as a valid U.S. passport.

Note: If you have an enhanced driver’s license or enhanced ID card, you have a REAL ID-compliant card.  Enhanced licenses and ID cards have an American flag printed on them to show that they conform to the federal REAL ID requirements.

 

 

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