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There are certain instances in life when people need to show proof of their identity. This can include traveling on a plane or entering some federal facilities. It is important to be aware that a new identification is being issued and required. As of October 1, 2020, everyone in the United States will be required to have a Real ID in order to do these things. While this change is still a year away, everyone should be well informed on the matter so that they can begin the process of obtaining a Real ID.

What is a Real ID?

The Real ID Act was passed in Congress in 2005. The notion began with the recommendation from the 9/11 Commission that the Federal Government should set new standards for issuing sources of identification. Once passed, the new act established minimum security standards for state-issued driver’s licenses. Under the new law, Federal agencies are prohibited from accepting identification cards for official purposes that fail to meet these standards. This includes entrance to Federal facilities, nuclear power plants, and boarding federally regulated commercial aircraft. A Real ID is not an extra form of identification, but rather an upgraded driver’s license. It will be marked with a symbol in the corner of the ID. 

How Do I Get a Real ID?

Despite the requirement for a Real ID being a year away, it is important to not wait too long to begin the process of obtaining it. In order to apply for a Real ID, applicants must prepare certain documentation to bring to the Department of Motor Vehicles. This can take some time, which is why you should not wait until the last minute. Any travelers who show up at an airport after the October 2020 deadline will not be allowed to go through the security checkpoint, which can create an undesirable situation when you need to catch a flight. 

In order to obtain a Real ID license, applicants must prove who they are, where they live, and what their social security number is. This can be done by providing documentation that shows the individual’s:

  • Full legal name
  • Date of birth
  • Social security number
  • Two proofs of address of principal residence
  • Lawful status

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