If you renewed your license or ID card between March 2020 and July 2021 you are eligible!
Limited time offer!
Act now to upgrade to a REAL ID at no additional cost!
Use DMV’s interactive REAL ID document checklist to gather all of the documentation you will need to apply for your REAL ID.
Be sure to save your confirmation code.
Save time at the DMV office!
Upload your documents, make an appointment or bring your confirmation code to an office to complete your application.
You have until December 31, 2021 to get a free REAL ID. A REAL ID is not required; however, if you wish to continue to use your driver’s license or identification card to board domestic flights within the U.S. or enter secure federal facilities, you will need a REAL ID.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you received a letter or email from the DMV stating you qualify for a free REAL ID, then you will not be charged for your REAL ID.
No. A REAL ID driver license or identification card is optional.
A REAL ID is needed if:
- You wish to continue to use your driver license or identification card to board domestic flights within the U.S.
- Enter secure federal facilities.
If you want to continue to use a U.S. passport, U.S. passport card, military ID, enhanced driver license, or other federally accepted identification to do those things, you do not need to get a REAL ID, however, it is recommended.
Apply for or receive federal benefits from organizations, such as Veterans Affairs, Social Security Administration, etc.?
Enter a post office, or other secure federal facility that does not require identification?
Visit a hospital or receive life-saving services?
Ride Amtrak or other public ground transportation?
- No, you do not need a REAL ID to do any of the above items.