What is the REAL ID Act?

The federal standards known as REAL ID were drafted by Congress in response to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks based on recommendations from the 9/11 Commission. REAL ID sets document and security protocols for the production of driver’s licenses and ID cards, including the use of features to prevent illegal copying or altering. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is charged with enforcement of REAL ID. More information about the REAL ID Act is available on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security website, including REAL ID FAQs.




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