Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Federal REAL ID Enforcement Deadline Extended to 2025

The federal government announced the extension of the enforcement deadline for REAL ID to May 7, 2025. (Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles)

RICHMOND – The federal government announced Monday the extension of the enforcement deadline for REAL ID to May 7, 2025, meaning Virginians interested in obtaining a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or identification card now have two additional years to apply.

The REAL ID enforcement deadline had been May 3, 2023.

The new enforcement deadline means that, beginning May 7, 2025, Virginians who want to board a domestic flight will have to present a REAL ID-compliant state-issued driver’s license or identification card with a small star in the upper-right corner to pass through Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screenings.

“Although the deadline has been extended, we still encourage Virginians interested in REAL ID to apply sooner rather than later. If your driver’s license or ID expires before May 7, 2025, that’s a great time to upgrade,” said Acting DMV Commissioner Linda Ford. “Visit dmvNOW.com/REALID to prepare the documents you need for service, complete your application online and make an appointment to come see us at your convenience.”

Several other forms of ID, including a U.S. Passport, a Passport Card, and some military IDs, will also be accepted for federal identification, the DMV said. Nearly 2.8 million Virginians now have a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or identification card.

To obtain a REAL ID, the DMV said customers must in person with documents which show proof of:

  • Identity and Legal Presence (e.g. unexpired U.S. passport, U.S. birth certificate or unexpired permanent resident card);
  • Social Security Number (e.g. Social Security card or W-2 form displaying full nine digits). Note: If you’ve lost your Social Security card but know the number, DMV may be able to verify the number electronically;
  • Residency — two proofs required and must display name and current Virginia residential street address (e.g. recent utility bills, mortgage statements, valid Virginia driver’s license); and
  • Any name changes (e.g. marriage certificates or divorce decrees). Note: If the name on your identity document is different from your legal name, you must show proof of your name change. Multiple documents may be necessary if your name has changed more than once.

A complete list of acceptable documents is available at dmvNOW.com/REALID, or use DMV’s interactive document guide.

REAL ID also impacts access to secure federal facilities and military bases, the DMV said. As those facilities can set their own entry requirements, the DMV advises verifying the identification needed for access prior to their visit.

For more information, visit dmvNOW.com/REALID.

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