What Happens if I Don't Get a REAL ID-compliant License or ID Card?

What Happens if I Don't Get a REAL ID-compliant License or ID Card? Beginning Oct. 1, 2021, you will need to show a REAL ID-compliant document to board a plane for domestic travel or to enter certain federal facilities, military bases and nuclear power plants. If your driver’s license or state ID card is not REAL ID compliant, you may show another form of acceptable documentation, such as a valid U.S. passport or passport card. The Transportation Security Administration has published a list of accepted documents.

Standard Michigan Licenses or ID Cards After Oct. 1, 2021, your standard Michigan driver’s license remains valid for driving, and a standard license and state ID continue to be legal identification for cashing checks, renting vehicles, purchasing alcohol and tobacco, or entering casinos. A standard license or ID card will have "Not for Federal Identification" printed on it.

 

 

 

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REAL ID CHECKLIST IMAGE TEXT

Real ID goes into effect on October 1, 2020.  Are you ready?

Image includes a checklist to help determine if you need a Real ID.

Beginning October 1, 2020, to fly inside the U.S.:

A standard driver’s license or state ID card without a Real ID star will not be accepted..

A standard driver’s license or state ID with a Real ID star will be accepted.

An enhanced driver’s license, with or without a Real ID star will be accepted.

 

Beginning October 1, 2020, to re-enter the U.S. by land or sea from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda or the Caribbean:

A standard driver’s license or state ID card without a Real ID star will not be accepted..

A standard driver’s license or state ID with a Real ID star will not be accepted.

An enhanced driver’s license, with or without a Real ID star will be accepted.

 

Beginning October 1, 2020, to enter certain federal facilities, like a nuclear power plant or a U.S. military base:

A standard driver’s license or state ID card without a Real ID star will not be accepted..

A standard driver’s license or state ID with a Real ID star will be accepted.

An enhanced driver’s license, with or without a Real ID star will be accepted.

 

Beginning October 1, 2020, for identification:

A standard driver’s license or state ID card without a Real ID star will be accepted..

A standard driver’s license or state ID with a Real ID star will be accepted.

An enhanced driver’s license, with or without a Real ID star will be accepted.

 

Beginning October 1, 2020, to cash a check:

A standard driver’s license or state ID card without a Real ID star will be accepted..

A standard driver’s license or state ID with a Real ID star will be accepted.

An enhanced driver’s license, with or without a Real ID star will be accepted.

 

Beginning October 1, 2020, to purchase alcohol, tobacco or age-related products:

A standard driver’s license or state ID card without a Real ID star will be accepted..

A standard driver’s license or state ID with a Real ID star will be accepted.

An enhanced driver’s license, with or without a Real ID star will be accepted.

 

Beginning October 1, 2020, to rent a vehicle:

A standard driver’s license or state ID card without a Real ID star will be accepted..

A standard driver’s license or state ID with a Real ID star will be accepted.

An enhanced driver’s license, with or without a Real ID star will be accepted.