Starting 1 October 2020, everyone will need a Real ID driver’s license to board a plane. This includes receiving a GAP to go through security to greet an Honor Flight. If you don’t have a Real ID license you will need a passport or another form of documentation.
Difference Between the Two Cards
- Standard credential:
Your standard driver’s license, like the one you may have in your wallet right now, can be used to drive. In addition, a driver’s license or identification card can be used as ID to vote, cash a check, apply for or receive government benefits, or conduct everyday local business.The next time you renew your standard credential and choose not to upgrade to a REAL ID, it will display “Federal Limits Apply” in the top right corner in order to distinguish it from a REAL ID compliant credential. Because of a federal law change, beginning October 1, 2020, you will not be able to use this style to board a domestic flight or to access secure federal facilities. If you have a U.S. Passport or another form of approved identification, you can use that instead. Effective immediately, some military bases may no longer accept non-REAL ID compliant credentials which display “Federal Limits Apply.” Please verify identification requirements prior to your visit.
- REAL ID compliant credential:
The new REAL ID compliant driver’s license and identification card can also be used for all of the same purposes as a standard credential.However, beginning October 1, 2020, the federal government will require you to present this upgraded REAL ID compliant credential or another form of approved identification in order to board a domestic flight or to access secure federal facilities.REAL ID compliant credentials display a small star in the upper right corner to indicate they meet federal requirements. Choose which documents you’ll need to bring to DMV to get a REAL ID with DMV’s interactive Document Guide.
Important Things to Remember:
- You will not need this credential for domestic air travel until October 1, 2020. Until then, you can use your current driver’s license or identification card to board a plane.
- The credential is completely optional. If you won’t need it, you don’t need to get it but remember you cannot use a NON REAL ID to get a GAP pass.