REAL ID Deadline Extended

March 27, 2020 - 1:05 pm

Virginia DMV

RICHMOND –Virginians interested in obtaining a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or identification card now have an additional year to apply before federal identification requirements change at America’s airports.

The federal governmenthas extended the enforcement deadline for REAL ID until October 1, 2021,due to COVID-19 concerns. Many state motor vehicle agencies are currently closed, including the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV),or are operating at significantly reduced capacityduring the COVID-19 public health emergency. The REAL ID enforcement deadline had been October 1, 2020.

“We applaud the 1.3 million Virginians who were proactive in obtainingtheir REAL ID,” said DMVCommissioner Richard D. Holcomb. “But we are grateful that the federal governmenthas extended the deadline for Virginians who still need to get a REAL ID. Because of the current public health emergency, many DMVs across the country simply aren’t able to safely do business right now. As REAL ID requires an in-person visit, customers shouldn’t be put at a disadvantagedue toa situation that’s beyond all of our control.

”DMV estimates approximately 1.3 million more Virginians will want to obtain a REAL ID before federal enforcement begins. The new enforcement deadline means that, beginning October 1, 2021, Virginians who want to use their state-issued driver’s license or identification card to board a domestic flight will have to present a REAL ID-compliant credential, displaying a small star in the upper-right corner, when passing through Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screenings. Several other forms of ID, including a U.S. Passport, a Passport Card, and some military IDs, will also be accepted for federal identification.

REAL ID also impacts access to secure federal facilities and military bases.Because these facilities have the ability to set their own entry requirements, DMV advises Virginians to verify the identification needed for access prior to their visit.

In order to obtain a REAL ID, customers must visit DMV in person with certain documents which show proof of:

  • Identity and Legal Presence (e.g. unexpired U.S. passport, U.S. birth certificateor unexpired permanent resident card);
  • Social Security Number (e.g. Social Security card or W-2 form displayingfull nine digits);
  • Residency –two proofs required and must display name and current Virginia residential street address (e.g. recent utility bills, mortgage statements, valid Virginia driver’s license); and
  • Any name changes (e.g. marriage certificates or divorce decrees). Note: If the name on your identity document is different than your legal name, you must show proof of your name change. Multiple documents may be necessary if your name has changed more than once.

There are a variety of acceptable documents; a complete list is available at You may also use DMV’s interactive document guide.

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