New DeadlineREAL ID has been delayed again, until May 7, 2025. But don’t let this delay you in getting prepared. Plan ahead, and be ready!
Will you have the right ID to travel in May 2025?
The new ID law for air travel will go into effect on May 7, 2025. Prepare now and beat the rush as the date gets closer. Take some time to understand your options – you may already have what you need.
Are you prepared to travel in 2025?
REAL ID will affect access to places controlled by the federal government
Airport security checkpoints
U.S. border crossings
Secure federal buildings (like military facilities)
You may already have what you need!
REAL ID is a law, not an actual piece of ID. Per the law, there are many pieces of existing identification options that will work including:
- Permanent Resident Card (Green Card)
- U.S. Military ID
- U.S. Passport
- U.S. Passport Card
- Foreign Passport
- Enhanced Driver License (EDL)
- Enhanced Identification Card (EID)
- Federally Recognized, Tribal-issued Photo ID
- Border Crossing Card
- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Employment Authorization Card (I-766)
Are you ready for REAL ID?
We’re here to help. Explore options for your situation.
Ways to travel with Standard Driver’s Licenses and ID CardsEven though REAL ID goes into effect on May 7, 2025, it only affects folks who want to travel by plane or access certain federal facilities. Your standard driver’s license or ID card will work for other U.S. travel like driving in Washington, across state lines, or riding a train. Standard driver’s licenses or ID cards are available without U.S. citizenship; however, in July 2018, ID cards began featuring a marking that reads "federal limits apply". Markings do not indicate citizenship or immigration status. In addition, you can still access federal facilities like courts, Social Security offices, national parks, and health care facilities with a standard driver’s license or ID.
Discover REAL ID Options
Here are some of the options that will work for air travel when REAL ID goes into effect on May 7, 2025. Find the full list here.
Enhanced Driver's License (EDL)
Enhanced Identification Card (EID)
Permanent Resident Card (Green Card)
U.S. Military ID
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Employment Authorization Card (I-766)
Federally Recognized, Tribal-Issued Photo ID
U.S. Passport Card
Border Crossing Card