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Real ID Guidelines kick in Jan. 22


The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) is reminding customers that the state of Florida is compliant with U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) REAL ID requirements. Starting January 22, 2018, travelers who do not have a credential from a compliant state or a state that has been granted an extension will be asked to provide alternate acceptable identification.

Florida is a REAL ID-compliant state; therefore, the January 22 deadline does not impact customers with Florida credentials.

The Federal REAL ID Act establishes minimum security standards for credentialing issuance and production and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for certain purposes driver licenses and ID cards from states not meeting the Act’s minimum standards for certain purposes. Florida has been in compliance with REAL ID requirements since 2010.

For the first in-office issuance after January 1, 2010, customers must bring original documents that validate their identity (such as a birth certificate), Social Security Number (SSN) and (proof of) residential address.

Customers must visit an office with the required documents if:
They are applying for their first driver license or ID card;
Their current credential expires, their last renewal was completed through the mail or online and their current driver license or ID card does not have a star in the upper corner; or
They have legally changed their name since their last issuance (e.g., by marriage, divorce or court order).

The name(s) on their marriage certificate(s) or court order must show how their birth name was changed to their current name.

If their name has changed multiple times and the document they provide shows their current name and their birth name, they need only bring the final name change document.

If the final marriage certificate does not have both names, they will need to bring all documents that show how their name changed from birth name to current name.

Separately, starting October 1, 2020, every traveler will need to present a REAL ID-compliant license or another acceptable form of identification for domestic air travel.

As of December 12, 2017, more than 84 percent of Florida driver license and ID cards are REAL ID-compliant. Customers with Florida credentials should look for the gold star on their driver license or ID card to determine if they are REAL ID-compliant. To become REAL ID-compliant, customers may visit any driver license service center. Visit for more information regarding the required documentation prior to going into an office.

For more information on Florida credentials, visit For more information on the Federal REAL ID Act, visit