NewsThe New Real ID Deadline Set For May 2025

The New Real ID Deadline Set For May 2025

Time to get real….

The only difference between the state-issued forms of ID and the new Real ID is a unique stamp in the right-hand corner. The mark stamped depends on the state.

While most U.S. citizens may think the new regulation is solely for boarding flights, using the new card can help secure access to nuclear power plants or other facilities. Real IDs cannot be used to travel internationally, including bordering countries like Canada and Mexico. Officials say travelers don’t necessarily have to get one if TSA accepts other forms of ID. But a new ID is required if another form isn’t available and there are travel plans in the near future.  

TSA will still accept state-issued Enhanced Driver’s Licenses, U.S. passports or passport cards, DHS trusted traveler cards, U.S. Department of Defense IDs, permanent resident cards, border crossing cards, and acceptable photo IDs issued by a federally recognized tribal nation or Indian tribe.

According to DHS, enhanced driver’s licenses—only found in Washington, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, and Vermont—will be considered notable alternatives to the new cards. 

To secure a Real ID, travelers must visit a local Department of Motor Vehicles. Each state has different regulations, so the documents needed to verify a person’s identity may vary. DHS says that, at minimum, those interested in securing a Real ID will be asked to give their full legal name, date of birth, Social Security number, two proofs of address, and lawful status.

Source: Black Enterprise

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