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About REAL ID

The federal REAL ID Act of 2005 set new standards for the issuance of state-issued driver licenses and identification cards. REAL ID was developed by the Department of Homeland Security in response to the 9/11 Commission recommendation that the U.S. improve its system for issuing identification documents. 

The goal of REAL ID is to improve the integrity and security of state-issued driver licenses and identification cards in order to help fight terrorism and reduce fraud.

As a result, there are new identification requirements for obtaining a REAL ID compliant driver license or identification card.

Important: You cannot become REAL ID'd online! You must come in to a service center with the appropriate documentation.

Are you REAL ID’d?

REAL ID’s have a star in the upper right corner. Homeland Security is requiring everyone to have a REAL ID by October 1, 2020.

In 2014 federal agencies began to phase in enforcement of REAL ID compliant driver licenses and ID cards.  The Department of Homeland Security expects to announce dates to require a REAL ID to board commercial flights or enter federal facilities no sooner than 2016. 

Questions?

Want to know more about REAL ID or still have questions? Check out our Driver License Help page.

Navigating REAL ID

Tax Collector Anne Gannon helps you navigate the new requirements and gives some tips on ways to avoid lines at the Tax Collector's offices.

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