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For more information on the Real ID Act and the rules visit these websites:

Homeland Security

American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA): Identification Security - Real ID Act

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The federal Real ID Act of 2005 sets new standards for the issuance of driver licenses and identification cards.

The Department of Homeland Security has released its rules to implement the requirements of the Real ID Act:

Real ID Good to Know Facts
  • The Real ID Act becomes effective nationwide on May 11, 2008. Florida intends to file for a compliance extension that will push the date to January 1, 2010.


  • Your current Florida license or ID card will continue to be valid as identification for federal purposes until December 1, 2014 for individuals born after December 1, 1964 and December 1, 2017 for everyone else.


  • After the 2014 and 2017 dates, Federal agencies will no longer accept a driver license or ID card unless it is Real ID compliant. This means you will not be allowed to board commercial flights or enter federal facilities unless you have a Real ID compliant document.


  • Florida already meets many of the Real ID requirements. We are on track to meet the remaining mandates and begin issuing Real ID compliant documents by January 1, 2010.
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: What is REAL ID?
Answer: REAL ID is a nationwide effort to improve the integrity and security of State-issued driver licenses and identification cards, which in turn will help fight terrorism and reduce fraud.
   
Question: Does Florida plan to issue Real ID licenses and ID cards?
Answer: Yes, Florida has already met most of the requirements and is on track to begin issuing Real ID licenses and ID cards by no later than January 1, 2010.
   
Question: Do I need to get a new license on May 11, 2008, if I intend to fly or enter federal facilities?
Answer:

No, your current Florida license or ID card will remain valid and acceptable for official federal purposes.

   
Question How long will federal agencies continue to accept my non Real ID compliant Florida license or ID card for air travel and other official federal purposes?
Answer: Federal agencies will continue to accept your valid, unexpired Florida license or ID card for official purposes until December 1, 2014 for individuals born after December 1, 1964 or December 1, 2017 for everyone else.
   
Question When does Florida plan to begin issuing Real ID compliant licenses and ID cards?
Answer: Florida has already met many of the Real ID requirements, and intends to be Real ID compliant no later than January 1, 2010.
   
Question: What documents do I need to bring with me when I apply for a Real ID compliant license or ID card?
Answer: You will need to bring one of the following to establish your identity, proof of legal residence and date of birth:

For U.S. Citizens:
  • Valid, unexpired U.S. passport

  • Original or Certified copy of a birth certificate

  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad

  • Certificate of Naturalization issued by DHS

  • Certificate of Citizenship

  • Court or marriage/divorce documents that provide proof of a change in name that differs from your primary identity document
For Non-Citizens:
  • Valid, unexpired Permanent Resident Card “ I-551 for Lawful Permanent Residents

  • Valid Passport for non-immigrants except for asylum applicants and refugees

  • Other government issued document showing your full name

  • Department of Homeland Security document showing proof of lawful presence

  • If your name has changed by marriage/divorce, evidence that a name change has been applied for with the Department of Homeland Security
Both Citizens and Non-Citizens will need to bring:
  • Your Social Security Card or evidence that you are not eligible for one

  • Other document with your Social Security Number on it

  • Two documents that show your principal residence

The department will provide the public a comprehensive list of approved documents prior to the formal compliance date.
   
Question: Will I still be able to renew my license online after Florida begins issuing Real ID licenses and ID cards?
Answer:

Yes, the act allows for one convenience (online, phone, or mail) renewal between office visits, after your initial visit with documents.

   
Question: Will the new card look significantly different?
Answer: No, because the current Florida card meets most of the content and security requirements of the Act, expected changes will be minor. The new cards will have a common security mark to make them easily recognizable as Real ID compliant.
   
Question: Will I be able to have both a Real ID driver license and a Real ID identification card?
Answer: No, the final Rule specifies that each individual can only hold a Real ID driver license or a Real ID identification card, but not both simultaneously.
   
Question: After Florida begins issuing Real ID licenses and ID cards, can I get mine before the expiration date on my current license or ID card?
Answer: Yes, a normal Class E license can be renewed up to 18 months prior and a Commercial Driver License up to 12 months prior to the card's expiration date.