Real ID Is Coming, Do You Really Know Who You Are?

Real ID is coming to the United States and will become the law on October 1, 2020. What is it, you ask? It is a law that Congress passed back in 2005 in response to the 9/11 tragedy. A main objective is to curb identity theft.


October 1, 2020, is the first day the Real ID law will start. Congress passed the law in 2005 and it requires people to show security-enhanced IDs to pass through airport security checkpoints. You also need it if you want to enter certain federal facilities, such as military bases. U.S. citizens can also use their passports or certain other federal documents as an alternative to the Real ID.


The Real ID card also goes by the name ‘Star Card’ because most states are marking these cards with a gold or black star in the top right corner. The card also has a machine readable zone where it an read the person’s personal information.




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Real ID: What You Need To Know

Here are key facts you need to know about this ID card.

• To get the card, you need to present documents to your motor vehicle department proving your age and identity, Social Security number and address. Bring either your birth certificate or passport, a Social Security card or tax form such as a W-2, and two proofs of address. If you’ve changed your name through marriage, bring your marriage certificate.

• Your old-style driver’s license is still lawful for driving and still available as an option in many states.


But here is the key information. To fly domestically, your driver’s licence won’t cut it. For international travel, you still need a passport.


Getting the Word Out

Many people remain unaware of the new rules, and the clock is ticking.

The Department of Homeland Security has called on travel agents to begin asking their customers whether they’re Real ID compliant, and is stepping up its public education campaign.


Get the forms, fill them out and mail them in. Beat the rush.

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