You now have until October 1, 2021 before the Real ID regulations take effect.
Do you have a star on your license? Look for it on the top right hand corner. If not, then you should think about getting a Real ID.
The Real ID Act passed in 2005 established a nationwide minimum security standard for issuing sources of identification.
Why do you need a Real ID?
If you are 18 years or older and going to be traveling by air, entering a nuclear power plant or going into a Federal facility then having a Real ID is a good idea. You can still fly domestically and enter these facilities with other approved forms of ID (to see the TSA Approved ID list, click here).
It’s also a good idea to get a new Real ID license because technology has been introduced to make forging IDs much more difficult.
Here’s what you need in order to get the star.
- Proof of identity – An original or certified copy of your birth certificate or U.S. Passport
- Social Security Card or a federal tax form that has your full name and Social Security Number listed like a W-2, 1099 Form or a paystub
- Two (2) different proofs of your residential address (electric bill, bank statement, lease agreement, etc.)
- A name change document like a marriage certificate or divorce decree if applicable
You must apply in person to obtain a Real ID. Fees vary between states.
- Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles Locations – Click here
- Arkansas Driver Control Offices – Click here
- Texas Department of Public Safety Locations – Click here
- Oklahoma Department of Public Safety Locations – Click here Important note about Oklahoma – Real ID cards will not be available until April 30, 2020 and only at selected locations. Real ID cards will be available statewide on August 31, 2020.
You might bring along your current vehicle registration or title and proof of insurance just in case your renewing your driver’s license as well. It doesn’t hurt to have a few extra proofs of identity, SSN and proof of residential address papers with you as well.
What happens if you don’t have a Real ID?
Most notably, you will not be able to pass through the TSA checkpoint at the airport for a domestic flight if you are using your old Driver’s License/Identification Card. You can still use a U.S. Passport or any other accepted forms of identification. If you don’t have any acceptable forms of identification, then you will be turned away and not allowed into the terminal.
Federal facilities that you would normally show your ID to get into, will also need Real IDs to enter. As an example, you will not be allowed to enter Barksdale Air Force Base or any other military installation without the Real ID or military identification card. The exception being existing areas where you don’t have to show an identification to enter like National Parks and museums.
You can still drive with a regular driver’s license even after October 1, 2020. Children under the age of 18 will not have to obtain a Real ID.
When should you get a Real ID?
Due to Coronavirus, the deadline has been postponed. Many motor vehicle offices are now closed. Folks in Oklahoma will have to wait until April 30, 2020 or August 31, 2020 (see note above). The process proceeds pretty quickly once you get to the agent. Depending on the state, you could receive your Real ID at the end of your appointment or in a few days.
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