In March of 2016 we wrote and entry about Real ID and again in February of 2020 we updated you yet again saying that the deadline was 7 months away.  Now thanks to the response to Covid, the deadline was moved again and is reset once again to May 23, 2023.

So why this article now?  Because on a weekly basis, we get questions about the Real ID and how it will impact travel. And too, you will need Real ID to enter Federal Buildings.

Here is what you need to know:


  • After 9/11, the Government felt it important to implement added measures to our safety points in the airports and federal buildings.
  • It all started with gradual implementation of the REAL ID act implemented by the Department of Homeland Security, when along with the airlines and airports, announcements and advisories were given to the public in varied ways as to inform travelers and non-travelers alike of notices.  The later that same year they made it a bit more permanent with formal releases of information through signage and onsite education of the traveling public.
  • By 2018 if your state did not include all of the required information for travel, such as a photo and general description of the card holder, they would have to produce a second ID to travel.  It was left up to the states at that time to either comply or get an extension.
  • As of the end of January 2021 only an estimated 16% of the population has acquired the updated identification.



  • Many state motor vehicle agencies and outlets such as county clerks offices are now requiring appointments and e-tickets for the issue of the Real ID.  These offices have other business besides Real ID and this has become an issue as well as there has been stoppage and delays reported. To find the best information for your region or state, access county and state websites and read the updated information on Real ID issuance. Most websites are providing a list of issue sites and what you will need to bring to ensure issuance.
  • You are not required to have the Real ID in many states, but you are required to have it for domestic flights and for entrance in Federal facilities around the country.  Overall, it is just a good idea to go ahead and obtain this ID so you have it available to you at a moment’s notice.  From this point forward all new and renewal IDs and Driver’s Licenses issued will have the Real ID compliance.



  • With all Real ID applications you will need to provide proof of United States Citizenship or Legal Presence, proof of your Social Security number, and proof of State Residency.   For example, a birth certificate, your social security card and 2 forms of residency.  This may vary state to state so again it is important to check your local area.



  • As with all things COVID and Government, while the deadline seems a firm May 2023, things can shift. We will do our best to keep you informed but advisedly it is best to contact your State to find about starting the process in accordance with their guidelines.


We will keep you posted.