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