Are you aware of the REAL ID? Formulated in the wake of 9/11 and passed by Congress in 2005, the REAL ID Act was passed to “set standards for the issuance of sources of identifications, such as a driver’s licenses.” The act established minimum security standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards, and it prohibits federal agencies from accepting licenses and identification cards from states that do not meet these standards for official purposes.
As of October 1, 2020, the REAL ID law will be enforced. It requires people to show security enhanced IDs to pass through airport security checkpoints.
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Here are a few basics that are helpful to understand:
- To get a REAL ID, you need to present documents to your driver’s license office/motor vehicle department proving your age and identity, Social Security number and address. That generally means bringing a passport, a Social Security card or tax form such as a W-2, and two proofs of address.
- Travel: To fly, a “regular” driver’s license won’t be sufficient to get through security and onto a plane. You will need a REAL ID and/or a passport.
- You will have until October 1, 2020 to obtain a REAL ID compliant license.
- A Florida REAL ID compliant license will have a GOLD star in the top right corner.