Are You Real ID Ready?

ARE YOU REAL ID READY? Starting October 1, 2020, all Americans will need a REAL ID to pass airport security to board a flight in the United States. A REAL ID, generally marked with a star in the upper righthand corner, is different than a traditional driver’s license and can be obtained at your state’s DMV. If you do not have a REAL ID, there are other forms of identification accepted, such as a U.S. passport or passport card, enhanced driver’s license or U.S. military ID. Learn more at




  • REAL ID driver’s license are generally marked with a star in the upper corner of the card.
  • Some states (including MI, MN, NY, VT and WA) are issuing enhanced driver’s licenses either instead of or in addition to REAL IDs. These are generally marked with a U.S. flag.
  • If you don’t see a star or U.S. flag on your current driver’s license, you will need to visit your state’s DMV or make sure you have another form of accepted identification.
  • Other forms of acceptable ID include: United States passport or passport card, U.S. military ID or DHS trusted traveler cards (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST). TSA’s REAL ID webpage has a full list of accepted IDs (
  • We encourage you to check with your DMV for specific details on how to obtain a REAL ID-compliant or enhanced driver’s license.
  • Each state requires several forms of identification and cost varies. This information is likely available on your state DMV website.
  • For more information, visit the TSA or DHS REAL ID websites.
  • Help make sure your family and friends are REAL ID ready so you don’t have trouble traveling by air on or after October 1, 2020.