DMV, TSA Pushing Real ID

Will Be Needed Next October

December 03, 2019 - 4:10 pm
TSA Federal Security Director Chuck Burke discusses REAL ID at Richmond International Airport. (Matt Demlein, WRVA)

(Matt Demlein, WRVA)


Sandston, Va. ( - The State Department of Motor Vehicles and the Transportation Security Administration, two days after Richmond International Airport had its busiest day ever, are stressing to fliers that next year they will need new IDs (or passports) to fly.  Requirements for Real IDs are set to take effect at the start of October 2020.

REAL IDs are more secure, and are idicated by a star on the driver license.   Such IDs will be needed to get through security at the airport, unless you choose to use your passport instead.

The DMV says so far, 900,000 Virginians have received a REAL ID, but they figure another million so or more will want it.  The agency is anticipating a big rush next summer and September as people realize the deadline is ahead.  Commissioner Richard Holcomb is recommending people go now or in January, before the crowds grow.  Midweek times are the best, according to Holcomb.

REAL ID licenses are not a requirement in Virginia.  There is a $10 cost.