04 Jun Facts About Federal REAL ID
Facts About Federal REAL ID Driver Licenses and Identification Cards
What is the REAL ID Act?
Beginning October 1, 2021, the federal government will require your driver license or identification card to be REAL ID compliant if you wish to use it as identification to board a domestic fight or enter secure federal facilities that require identification.
Do I Need a REAL ID Driver License or Identification Card?
Starting October 1, 2021, you will need to show a REAL ID driver license or identification card or other federally approved identification (passport, military ID) at TSA airport checkpoints nationwide or to visit secure federal facilities.
NOTE: Check the TSA website for a complete list of approved identification.
You do not need a REAL ID card if:
- You know you will not be boarding a domestic fight or visiting a secure federal facility, such as a military base.
- will use other approved documents as identification.
If you don’t choose a REAL ID card, you will receive a federal non-compliant card with the phrase “Federal Limits Apply.” Those under 18 are not required to have a REAL ID card to fly.
What Does a REAL ID Card Look Like?
REAL ID driver license and identification cards have a star in the top right corner.
Check for the star.
REAL ID-compliant cards are marked with a star at the top of the card. If you’re not sure, contact your state driver’s license agency on how to obtain a REAL ID compliant card.
If I Don’t apply for a REAL ID, Which Card Will I Receive?
You will receive a federal non-compliant driver license or identification card with the phrase “Federal Limits Apply.” Again, Federal requirements go into effect 10/1/2021.
Who is Eligible for a REAL ID Driver License or Identification Card?
U.S. citizens and all legal residents of the United States can apply for a REAL ID driver license or identification card.
If I do not have a REAL ID, can I use a passport for domestic travel?
You’ll need a REAL ID at minimum for domestic travel come October 2021, and your passport can work in place of a REAL ID for domestic travel—but a valid passport will still be required for international travel.
For information by state, including where to obtain a REAL ID, visit the DHS REAL ID website and click your state on the map.