Notes for all applicants
- Reminder: There are other acceptable credentials for boarding U.S. flights and entering military bases. TSA provides information on acceptable forms of identification, or you can call the facility you plan to visit for more information.
- Once you apply for a REAL ID credential, you will be issued a temporary document that can be used to drive. A temporary document, shown with your hole-punched license or ID the issuer will give you, will allow you to board U.S. commercial flights.
- While REAL ID enforcement begins Oct. 1, 2021, you do not have to have a REAL ID by that date. You can renew your license or ID anytime once they are available in your region. If you request a REAL ID credential outside the six-month renewal window of your existing card, the expiration date will not change.
- Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply for a REAL ID credential.
Don't Forget!: If your current legal name, date of birth, or gender is different than what is displayed on your identity or lawful status document, you must show legal proof of the changes (i.e. marriage licenses, court orders, divorce papers).
Can I Renew or Upgrade to a REAL ID?
- If you are 21 or older, already have a license, and want a REAL ID, read below to find out if you're eligible to renew or upgrade your cuttent credential. Applicants must provide required documentation when applying for a REAL ID credential for the first time regardless of whether they are eligible to renew or upgrade.
ELIGIBLE TO RENEW
- If you request a REAL ID and your current license expires within six months of the date you apply, you may renew your license for either four or eight years. CDL driver's may only apply for the eight-year version
ELIGIBLE TO UPGRADE
- If your current license expires more than six months from the date you apply, you may pay $15 to upgrade to the REAL ID license that will keep the same expiration date as your current card. You will be eligible to renew your license once you're within your six-month renewal period and will pay the fee associated with the card lifespan you select. Applicants who prefer to wait until they are in their renewal window before getting a REAL ID license may use another form of REAL ID in the meantime, like a passport or military ID to maintain U.S. air travel and military base entry benefits.
- Circumstances are different if you are younger than 21, click here to learn more.