26 Apr Everything you Need to Know About the New REAL ID Act Deadline
Starting October 1, 2021, all flyers over the age of 18 need a REAL-ID-issued driver’s license or another federally approved identification card to travel domestically. October 1 is less than six months away and as of early this week, only 43% of the U.S.-issued driver’s licenses are REAL ID-compliant. Read below for everything you need to know about applying for and obtaining a REAL ID in time to travel this fall.
Everything you Need to Know About the New REAL ID Act Deadline
What is a REAL ID license?
A REAL ID license requires more proof of identity than a standard ID. REAL ID-compliant licenses are designated with a star or special wording on the card. To obtain a REAL ID license, you need:
- Primary Identification (current state ID, driver’s license, passport, etc.)
- Proof of Social Security
- Proof of Address
- Proof of any legal name changes
Can I use a passport in place of a REAL ID license?
Yes. Travelers who wish to fly domestically after the October 1 deadline can use a U.S. passport or U.S. military ID if they do not have a REAL ID yet.
Where can I get more information on applying for and obtaining a REAL ID license?
You can go to the online portal of the Department of Homeland Security’s website. Click here to access the online portal. This portal provides answers and info on the deadline. It also links to your local DMV.
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