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What You Need to Know about Real ID

The Real Id Act of 2005 is critical in establishing security standards for federal identification. This may sound like it doesn't apply to you, but if you fly anywhere, there's some things you need to know. The act raises the requirements for state issued drivers licenses to be accepted by federal buildings and airline travel.

Starting January 22, 2018, some passengers will have to show alternate identification at the airport for domestic travel if their state is not compliant with the REAL ID. Some states were granted an extension, so this may not apply to you.

If you live in the east coast area and are flying after this date, you should bring an alternate id if you live in New York State or Rhode Island. For a list of acceptable alternate identification please click here.

Vermont and Connecticut have ids that are already complaint.

All other east coast states received an extension so that their current I.D is still acceptable.

New Hampshire, the home of Seabrook Travel Center, started issuing real id complaint identification in 2017. To receive a compliant id, please apply in person at the DMV.

Massachusetts will begin issuing Real I.Ds in 2018.

Starting October 1, 2020, every air traveler will need to present a REAL ID-compliant license or another acceptable form of identification for domestic air travel. For a list of acceptable identification, see the link above.

See these links for more information.

  • Entering Federal facilities that do not require a person to present identification

  • Voting or registering to vote

  • Applying for or receiving Federal benefits

  • Being licensed by a state to drive

  • Accessing Health or life preserving services (including hospitals and health clinics), law enforcement, or constitutionally protected activities (including a defendant’s access to court proceedings)

  • Participating in law enforcement proceedings or investigations

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