What is a REAL ID?
They were created in 2005 as a result of increased federal security measures after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Passengers flying within the United States and those wanting to enter federal buildings will be required to have a REAL ID.
REAL IDs look nearly identical to standard driver’s licenses and ID cards. A gold circle with a star within it is the main distinguishing aspect of a REAL ID, which are also driver’s licenses and state IDs.
Do I need one to fly after Oct. 1, 2020?
No. But if you don’t have one you will need to show an active passport, Global Entry card, a U.S. Department of Defense ID, federally recognized, tribal-issued photo IDs, transportation worker identification credentials or U.S. Merchant Mariner credentials.
How do I obtain a REAL ID?
Unlike standard driver’s licenses and ID cards, a REAL ID requires an in-person visit to the Registry of Motor Vehicles.
It also requires additional paperwork compared to a standard license or ID.
Americans flying domestically will need a REAL ID to get through security beginning October 1, 2020.
What documents are required?
In order to receive a REAL ID or a standard ID, one must have proof of U.S. citizenship or lawful presence, a social security number and Massachusetts residency.
Names on all supporting documents must match. If multiple name changes exist, you need to provide reasoning such as marriage certificate, divorce decree or a court document.
Like a standard license or ID, you’ll needONEof the following documents:
- A valid U.S. passport (If your U.S. passport was issued within the last six months, bring your certified copy of your U.S. birth certificate)
- A certified copy of a birth certificate
- Consular Report of Birth Abroad issued by the U.S. Department of State
- Valid, unexpired Permanent Resident Card
- Temporary I-551 stamp in foreign passport
- Unexpired employment authorization document issued by DHS
- Unexpired foreign passport with a valid, unexpired U.S. visa affixed
- Certificate of Citizenship
- Certificate of Naturalization
- Re-entry Permit (I-327)
- Refugee Travel Document (I-571)
You’ll needONEof the following documents:
- A Social Security Card, which cannot be laminated
- A W-2 Form, which cannot be used for both Massachusetts residency and SSN requirements.
- An SSA-1099 Form
- A Non-SSA-1099 Form
- A pay stub with the applicant’s name and full SSN on it, but it cannot be used for both Massachusetts residency and SSN.
- An SSN Denial Notice with passport, visa and I-94
You’ll need TWO of the following documents. For a standard ID, you need one.
- A Massachusetts RMV-issued document
- State/federal/municipal/city/town/county agency-issued documents
- Lease or Mortgage
- Financial-related documents
- School-issued documents
- Insurance-related documents
Source: Mass Live