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The REAL ID status of each state and territory is described below. This information is current as of August 18, 2020.

The REAL ID Act is a cooperative effort between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. states and territories. It sets federal standards for the issuance of driver’s licenses and other forms of identification. Once fully implemented, the REAL ID ACT will make it difficult or impossible for terrorists and other criminals to forge identity documents and gain unlawful access to federally-regulated commercial aircraft, nuclear power plants, and certain federal facilities.

Starting October 1, 2021, travellers must present a valid REAL ID driver’s license or ID card (or a TSA-approved alternate document) to board any commercial flight in the United States. On this page, you can find information about REAL ID per state.

What you need to know:

  • Compliant states meet all REAL ID criteria for documentation of identity, security features of cards, and control of facilities that store and issue licenses and ID cards.
  • All enhanced driver’s licenses and ID cards are REAL ID-compliant

The types of REAL ID symbols currently in circulation:

Golden-starGold star

Zwarte-sterBlack star

Star-cutout-in-gold-circleStar cutout in gold circle

Cutout-zwarte-cirkelStar cutout in black circle

Grizzly

Star cutout in gold grizzly bear

Artboard-3

Gold outline of the state Maine

 

U.S. STATES:

Alabama

 

 

ALABAMA

Issued starting 06/04/13

REAL ID symbol: Golden-star

Material compliant symbol: Star-cutout-in-gold-circle

Standard: No indicator

Alaska

 

 

ALASKA

Issued starting: 01/02/19

REAL ID symbol: Cutout-zwarte-cirkel

Standard: “FEDERAL LIMITS APPLY”

Arizona

 

 

ARIZONA

Issued starting: 04/01/16

REAL ID symbol: Star-cutout-in-gold-circle

Standard: “NOT FOR FEDERAL IDENTIFICATION” (if issued before 07/09/18) “NOT FOR FEDERAL ID” (if issued on or after 07/09/18)

Arkansas

 

 

ARKANSAS

Issued starting: 10/03/16

REAL ID symbol: Star-cutout-in-gold-circle

Standard: “NOT FOR FEDERAL IDENTIFICATION” (if issued before 07/09/18) “NOT FOR FEDERAL ID” (if issued on or after 07/09/18)

California

 

 

CALIFORNIA

Issued starting: 01/22/18

REAL ID symbol: Grizzly

Standard: “FEDERAL LIMITS APPLY”

Colorado

 

 

COLORADO

Issued starting: 07/01/13

REAL ID symbol: Golden-star (Series 2014) Cutout-zwarte-cirkel (Series 2016 and 2020)

Standard: “NOT VALID FOR FEDERAL IDENTIFICATION, VOTING OR PUBLIC BENEFIT PURPOSES”

Connecticut

 

 

CONNECTICUT

Issued starting 10/03/11

REAL ID symbol: Star-cutout-in-gold-circle

Standard: “Not for Federal Identification”

Delaware

 

 

DELAWARE

Issued starting: 07/01/10

REAL ID symbol: Golden-star (If issued before 06/04/18) Star-cutout-in-gold-circle (If issued on or after 06/04/18)

Standard: “NOT FOR FEDERAL IDENTIFICATION” (If issued before 06/04/18) “NOT FOR FEDERAL ID” (If issued on or after 06/04/18)

District of Columbia

 

 

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Issued starting: 05/01/14

REAL ID symbol: Zwarte-ster

Standard cards: “NOT VALID FOR OFFICIAL FEDERAL PURPOSES”

Florida

 

 

FLORIDA

Issued starting: August 2017

REAL ID symbol: Star-cutout-in-gold-circle

Standard: “NOT FOR FEDERAL IDENTIFICATION”

Georgia

 

 

GEORGIA

Issued starting 07/03/12

REAL ID symbol: Star-cutout-in-gold-circle (If issued before 06/01/19) Cutout-zwarte-cirkel (If issued on or after 06/01/19)

Standard: No indicator

Hawaii

 

 

HAWAII

Compliant driver’s license: Issued starting 03/05/12

Compliant ID card: Issued starting 01/02/13

REAL ID symbol: None (If issued before 01/16/18) Star-cutout-in-gold-circle (If issued on or after 01/16/18)

Standard: No indicator (if issued before 01/16/18) “NOT ACCEPTABLE FOR OFFICIAL FEDERAL PURPOSES” (if issued on or after 01/16/18)

Idaho

 

 

IDAHO

Issued starting 01/01/2018

REAL ID symbol: Star-cutout-in-gold-circle

Standard: “Not For REAL ID Purposes”

Illinois

 

 

ILLINOIS

Issued starting: 01/7/19

REAL ID symbol: Star-cutout-in-gold-circle

Standard: “Federal Limits Apply”

Indiana

 

 

INDIANA

Issued starting: January 2010

REAL ID symbols:

Star-cutout-in-gold-circle (if issued before Q2 2012)

Golden-star (if issued from Q2 2012 to 05/20/19)

Cutout-zwarte-cirkel (if issued on or after 05/20/19)

Standard: No indicator (if issued before 05/20/19)  “NOT FOR REAL ID PURPOSES” (if issued on or after 05/20/19)

Iowa

 

 

IOWA

Issued starting: 01/15/13

REAL ID symbol: Star-cutout-in-gold-circle

Standard: No indicator

Kansas

 

 

KANSAS

Issued starting: 08/01/17

REAL ID symbol: Star-cutout-in-gold-circle

Standard cards: “NOT FOR FEDERAL ID”

Kentucky

 

 

KENTUCKY

Issued starting: 06/28/19

REAL ID symbol: Cutout-zwarte-cirkel

Standard: “NOT FOR REAL ID PURPOSES”

Louisiana

 

 

LOUISIANA

Issued starting: 10/01/16

REAL ID symbol: Star-cutout-in-gold-circle

Standard: “NOT FOR FEDERAL IDENTIFICATION”

Maine

 

 

MAINE

Issued starting: 07/01/19

REAL ID symbol: Artboard-3

Standard: “NOT FOR REAL ID PURPOSES” (before October 2019) or “NOT INTENDED FOR FEDERAL PURPOSES” (starting October 2019)

Maryland

 

 

MARYLAND

Issued starting: 06/20/16

REAL ID symbol: Cutout-zwarte-cirkel

Standard: “NOT FOR FEDERAL IDENTIFICATION”

Massachusets

 

 

MASSACHUSETTS

Issued starting: 03/26/18

REAL ID symbol: Star-cutout-in-gold-circle

Standard: “NOT FOR FEDERAL ID”

Michigan

 

 

MICHIGAN

Issued starting: 01/21/2019

REAL ID symbol: Star-cutout-in-gold-circle

“ENHANCED” cards have an American flag (in color) and are REAL ID-compliant.

Standard: “NOT FOR FEDERAL IDENTIFICATION”

Minnesota

 

 

MINNESOTA

Issued starting: 03/01/19

REAL ID symbol: Star-cutout-in-gold-circle

“ENHANCED” cards have an American flag (in color) and are REAL ID-compliant

Standard: “NOT FOR FEDERAL IDENTIFICATION”

Mississippi

 

 

MISSISSIPPI

Issued starting: 09/23/2016

REAL ID symbol: Star-cutout-in-gold-circle

Missouri

 

 

MISSOURI

Issued starting: 03/25/19

REAL ID symbol: Star-cutout-in-gold-circle

Standard: “NOT FOR REAL ID PURPOSES”

Montana

 

 

MONTANA

Issued starting: 01/01/19

REAL ID SYMBOL: Star-cutout-in-gold-circle

Standard: “NOT FOR FEDERAL IDENTIFICATION”

Nebraska

 

 

NEBRASKA

Issued starting: 04/15/13

REAL ID symbol: Star-cutout-in-gold-circle

Standard: None will be issued

Nevada

 

 

NEVADA

Issued starting: 11/12/14

REAL ID symbol: Star-cutout-in-gold-circle

Standard cards: “NOT FOR FEDERAL OFFICIAL USE”

New Hamshire

 

 

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Issued starting: 01/03/2017

REAL ID symbol: Star-cutout-in-gold-circle

Standard: “NOR FOR FEDERAL IDENTIFICATION”

New Jersey

 

 

NEW JERSEY

Issued starting: June 2019

REAL ID symbol: Star-cutout-in-gold-circle

Standard: NOT FOR “REAL ID” PURPOSES

New Mexico

 

 

NEW MEXICO

Issued starting: 11/14/16

REAL ID symbol: Star-cutout-in-gold-circle

Standard cards: “NOT FOR FEDERAL PURPOSES” (red, in yellow bar) at top

New York

 

 

NEW YORK

Issued starting: 10/31/17

REAL ID symbol: Cutout-zwarte-cirkel

“ENHANCED” cards have an American flag (in color) and are REAL ID-compliant

Standard: “NOT FOR FEDERAL PURPOSES”

North Carolina

 

 

NORTH CAROLINA

Issued starting: 05/01/17

REAL ID symbol: Star-cutout-in-gold-circle

Standard: “NOT FOR FEDERAL IDENTIFICATION”

North Dakota

 

 

NORTH DAKOTA

Issued starting: 05/01/18

REAL ID symbol: Star-cutout-in-gold-circle

Standard: No indicator

Ohio

 

 

OHIO

Issued starting: 07/01/2018

REAL ID symbol:  Cutout-zwarte-cirkel

Standard: “NOT FOR FEDERAL ID”

Note: Prior versions of Ohio credentials may have a gold star but are not REAL ID-compliant.

Oklahoma

 

 

OKLAHOMA

Issued starting: 04/30/2020

REAL ID symbol: Star-cutout-in-gold-circle

Oregon

 

 

OREGON

Issued starting: 07/06/2020

REAL ID symbol: Cutout-zwarte-cirkel

Pennsylvania

 

 

PENNSYLVANIA

Issued starting: March 2019

REAL ID symbol: Star-cutout-in-gold-circle

Standard: “NOT FOR REAL ID PURPOSES”

Rhode Island

 

 

RHODE ISLAND

Issued starting 12/03/2018

REAL ID symbol: Star-cutout-in-gold-circle

Standard: “NOT FOR FEDERAL IDENTIFICATION”

South Carolina

 

 

SOUTH CAROLINA

Issued starting: 03/01/2018

REAL ID symbol: Golden-star

Standard: “NOT FOR FEDERAL IDENTIFICATION”

South Dakota

 

 

SOUTH DAKOTA

Issued starting: 2010

REAL ID symbol: Golden-star

Tennessee

 

 

TENNESSEE

Issued starting: 07/01/2019

REAL ID symbol: Star-cutout-in-gold-circle

Texas

 

 

TEXAS

Issued starting: October 2016

Mandatory for all card holders

REAL ID symbol: Star-cutout-in-gold-circle

Standard: None will be issued.

Utah

 

 

UTAH

Issued starting: 2019

REAL ID symbol: Star-cutout-in-gold-circle

Vermont

 

 

VERMONT

Issued starting: 1/1/14

REAL ID symbol: Star-cutout-in-gold-circle (if issued before 6/11/19) Cutout-zwarte-cirkel (if issued on or after 6/11/19)

“ENHANCED” cards have a grayscale American flag and are REAL ID-compliant

Standard: “Drivers Privilege Card”

Virginia

 

 

VIRGINIA

Issued starting: 10/01/2018

REAL ID symbol: Cutout-zwarte-cirkel

Standard: “FEDERAL LIMITS APPLY”

Washington

 

 

WASHINGTON

REAL ID: All “ENHANCED” cards have an American flag (in color) and are REAL ID-compliant

Standard: “FEDERAL LIMITS APPLY” (if issued on or after 07/01/2018)

West Virginia

 

 

WEST VIRGINIA

Issued starting: 2013

REAL ID symbol: Golden-star

Standard: “NOT FOR FEDERAL IDENTIFICATION”

Wisconsin

 

 

WISCONSIN

Issued starting: Fall 2015

REAL ID symbol: Cutout-zwarte-cirkel

Standard: “NOT FOR FEDERAL PURPOSES”

Wyoming

 

 

WYOMING

Issued starting: 2014

REAL ID symbol: Golden-star (Series 2014) Cutout-zwarte-cirkel (Series 2020)

Standard: No indicator

 

U.S. TERRITORIES:

American Samoa

 

 

AMERICAN SAMOA

REAL ID extension deadline has been extended.

Federal agencies will accept current driver’s licenses and ID cards at federal facilities,

nuclear power plants and federally regulated commercial aircraft until 10/10/2019.

Guam

 

 

GUAM

Issued starting 06/25/18

REAL ID symbol: Star-cutout-in-gold-circle

Standard: NOT FOR FEDERAL IDENTIFICATION

Northern Mariana Islands

 

 

NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS

Issues starting: January 2020

REAL ID symbol: Cutout-zwarte-cirkel

Puerto Rico

 

 

PUERTO RICO

Issued starting: 2016

REAL ID symbol: Golden-star

standard: “NOT FOR REAL ID PURPOSES.”

US Virgin Islands

 

 

US VIRGIN ISLANDS

Issued starting: December 2018

REAL ID symbol: Star-cutout-in-gold-circle

 

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