Beginning in Fall 2020, every U.S. air traveler will need a REAL ID-compliant driver's license, state ID, or other acceptable form of identification, for example a U.S. passport, to board a domestic flight.
The REAL ID Act goes into effect on October 1, 2020. If you already have a REAL ID compliant driver's license, it will have a star in the upper-right corner signifying that it meets the new security standards. You can apply for the REAL ID when you renew your driver's license or contact your state Department of Motor Vehicles(DMV) to apply now for REAL ID.
Getting a REAL ID from DMV requires presentation of additional documents to prove your identity and legal residency when you renew your driver's license or apply for a state issued identification card. This includes:
- Identity (e.g. unexpired U.S. passport or state-issued birth certificate)
- Legal Presence (e.g. unexpired U.S. passport or state-issued birth certificate)
- Social Security Number (e.g. Social Security card or payroll check stub or federal tax form)
- Residency (tow proofs will be required). (e.g. utility bills or mortgage statement)
- Proof of any Name Changes (e.g. marriage certificate or divorce decree stating name changes)
You cannot apply for a REAL ID online or by mail. To get a REAL ID, you will be required to come into the DMV office.
But remember, starting October 1, 2020, to board a domestic flight, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will require a REAL ID driver's license or state ID that bears a star in the upper-right corner that shows it meets the new security standards, or your passport. International air travel will continue to require a passport.
Contact you state Department of Motor Vehicles or check out their website to confirm exactly which documents they demand for REAL IDs.
For more information, check out FAQs on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security website https://www.dhs.gov/real-id-public-faqs