Real ID Soon Needed to Fly

Virginia DMV trying to meet federal requirements with new licenses

June 13, 2018 - 3:23 pm

(RICHMOND, Va. - - Your Virginia driver's license will no longer be enough for domestic travel from any airport come 2020, thanks to new federal guidelines.

Brandy Brubaker of the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles says the Commonwealth is working to comply with those guidelines and will be adding additional staff to handle the extra foot traffic at DMV offices.

It doesn't take effect until October 2020, but you can start getting the new "Real ID" come this October. Brubaker says it will look almost the same as your current license, but will have a little star in the upper right hand corner. You're not required to have one unless you want to fly at any point. A passport alone will no longer be enough.

You must go into a Virginia DMV office, as it cannot be done online. You'll need to provide documentation of proof of ID and two forms of proof of Virginia residency, just as if you were applying for a license for the first time.

Acceptable documents include a birth certificate, a social security card, a paystub, a mortage payment receipt, a utility bill, etc. For those who do their banking online, have direct depost or that sort of thing, Brubaker was unable to say what type of documentation would be acceptable and said they are working on it.

If your license expires after the October 2020 deadline, you can either renew up to one year early or you can request of replacement id when it's time to renew. For more information, visit