Frequently Asked Questions about REAL ID

Do you have questions about the REAL ID program? We’ve got answers.

The REAL ID Act, which was passed by Congress in 2005, adopted the 9/11 Commission’s suggestion that the federal government should set standards for the issuance of sources of identity, such as driver’s licenses. The Act set specific security standards for state-issued driving licenses and identity cards. It forbids Federal agencies from accepting licenses and identification cards issued by states that do not meet these standards for official purposes. These include using federal facilities, traveling on commercial aircraft that are regulated by the federal government, and visiting nuclear power plants

At the very least, you must provide documents that show: 1) full legal name; 2) date of birth; 3) social security number; 4) residence address, and 5) lawful status. To find out exactly what documents are needed to get a REAL ID, visit your state’s driver’s licensing agency’s website. This is because some states may enforce additional requirements. So, before visiting the agency in person, make sure you check the site for more information.

No, TSA does not mandate children under the age of 18 to display identification while traveling within the United States with a companion. Acceptable identity may be required of the companion.

No, REAL ID cards can’t be used to cross the border into Canada or Mexico, or for any other international travel.

You’ll need your passport if you’re flying abroad. If you’re traveling within the United States, you’ll only need only one proof of identity: your REAL ID or another acceptable alternative, such as a passport.