What is a Real-ID, why you have to get it before the October deadline

New rules are going into effect this year at the airport. In 2005, the Real ID Act was passed by Congress in order to set standards for state-issued driver licenses and ID.

ORLANDO, Fla. – New rules are going into effect this year at the airport. In 2005, the Real ID Act was passed by Congress in order to set standards for state-issued driver licenses and ID. The act was passed from recommendations from the Sept. 11 commission report. This means you’re going to need a new ID to get through airport security come Oct. 1.

Your new driver’s license or ID will need a star on the top right corner. Texas has been issuing Real ID-compliant licenses and ID cards since October 2016. If you have not renewed yours since that time, you may need to renew yours in person at the DMV.

What if I need to fly before I get a Real ID?

Beginning Oct. 1, you could be subject to a second TSA screening which would involve an interview. You could be turned away if the service is too busy. If you have your passport, military ID or a state-issued enhanced license you will be let through.

What do I need to renew my license?

The only way to renew your license is in person.

You will need:

  • Valid passport
  • Your birth certificate
  • Certificate of naturalization and citizenship such as your social security card or paycheck
  • Two different documents that prove your address