REAL ID Deadline Notice

The official new deadline for REAL ID enforcement is May 3, 2023.

Beginning May 3, 2023, every air traveler 18 years of age and older will need a REAL ID-compliant driver's license, state-issue.

REAL ID-compliant cards are marked with a star at the top of the card.

What is REAL ID?

REAL ID is a nationwide effort to improve the integrity and security of State-issued driver licenses and ID cards, which in turn will help fight terrorism and reduce identity fraud.


The REAL ID Act of 2005, Pub.L. 109–13, 119 Stat. 302, enacted May 11, 2005, is an Act of Congress that modifies U.S. federal law pertaining to security, authentication, and issuance procedure standards for drivers' licenses and identity documents, as well as various immigration issues pertaining to terrorism.

Watch Out For Scams!

Several states have already issued warnings to beware of bogus text messages and emails asking for your driver's license and personal information, related to obtaining a REAL ID.

Often these text messages and emails direct consumers to a fake third-party website that asks for personal information. BE ALERT!

NEVER answer mobile text messages asking for personal information.

Visit our Forida GoRenew resource page to learn more about your options to renew or apply for REAL-ID.

Are you Looking for Driver License and Motor Vehicle Service Centers? Visit the Broward County FLHSMV directory.

Can I Renew My License Online?

Beginning January 2, 2020, customers who are not Real ID compliant will be unable to renew or replace credentials through MyDMV Portal.

What Documents Do I Need To Apply?

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security REAL ID Act became effective nationwide in 2008, mandating new standards for the issuance of driver licenses and identification cards. Florida began issuing REAL ID-compliant credentials January 1, 2010. New driver licenses and Identification cards have a star in the upper right corner of the card, indicating that they are REAL ID-compliant. As part of the REAL ID Act, there are documentation requirements for residents renewing or obtaining a new driver license or ID card. For the first in-office issuance after January 1, 2010, customers must bring original documents that validate their identity, Social Security Number (SSN) and residential address.

You must visit an office with the required documents if:

  • You are applying for their first driver license or ID card.
  • Your current credential expires, and their current driver license or ID card does not have a star in the upper corner; or
  • You have legally changed their name since their last issuance (e.g., by marriage, divorce or court order)
    • The name(s) on their marriage certificate(s) or court order must show how their birth name was changed to their current name.
    • If their name has changed multiple times and the document, they provide shows their current name and their birth name, they need only bring the final name change document.
    • If the final marriage certificate does not have both names, they will need to bring all documents that show how their name changed from birth name to current name.

Note: In accordance with the REAL ID Act, once a customer provides the required identity documents, they will only need to provide them again if their information changes (e.g., name, residential address). After May 3, 2023, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will only accept driver licenses and ID cards with a star in the upper right corner as proof of identification at airports. Individuals currently seeking access to military bases and most Federal facilities must present REAL ID-compliant identification. A United States passport may also be used in place of a REAL ID-compliant card for official identification.


Effective May 3, 2023, a REAL-ID compliant driver's license or identification card will be required to board domestic flights unless you have a valid U.S. passport.

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