REAL ID is a federally compliant credential accepted at airport security checkpoints for domestic travel and restricted federal facility entry, such as military bases. You may already own a federal credential accepted at these locations, such as a passport or military ID, that you can use instead of a REAL ID.
Determine if you need to apply for a REAL ID before enforcement begins on May 7, 2025.
1. Are you planning to fly to another state or U.S. territory after May 7, 2025?
Beginning May 7, 2025, you must have a REAL ID or another acceptable form of identification to board domestic flights or visit federal facilities.
For a list of federally acceptable forms of identification, click here.
2. Will you be over the age of 18 on May 7, 2025?
3. Are you planning to visit a federal facility, such as a military base or nuclear plant, after May 7, 2025?
Certain federal facilities will require federally accepted identification from all visitors, including minors, for entrance.
To ensure you have the proper identification, the Department of Homeland Security recommends that you contact the federal agency you plan to visit in advance to obtain information regarding identification requirements.
quiz to determine what documents you need to apply for a REAL ID.