The federal REAL ID Act of 2005 set new standards for the issuance of driver licenses and ID cards. REAL ID was created in response to the 9/11 Commission recommendation that the U.S. improve its system for issuing identification documents.
The Department of Homeland Security developed REAL ID standards to improve the integrity and security of state-issued driver licenses and ID cards. These standards help fight terrorism and reduce fraud.
REAL ID licenses and ID cards have a star in the upper right corner.
Don't Get Caught Without Your REAL ID
Starting October 1, 2021, every U.S. resident must present a REAL ID compliant driver license or state ID card to board commercial flights or enter federal buildings. Residents who do not have a REAL ID will have to present an alternate acceptable form of identification, such as a valid U.S. passport, to be allowed through security.
If your driver license or state ID card is not REAL ID compliant, don't wait! We expect longer than normal wait times as the October 2021 deadline approaches. Make your driver license appointment today and get your REAL ID ahead of the deadline.
Required documentation differs based upon your applicable status.
Regarding name changes, allow a minimum of 48 hours for your name change to take effect before coming to our office. Please bring your updated Social Security card or receipt from the Social Security Administration with you.