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REAL ID Federal Enforcement

Secure driver's licenses and identification documents are a vital component of our national security framework. The REAL ID Act, passed by Congress in 2005, enacted the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation that the Federal Government “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver's licenses.” The Act established minimum security standards for license issuance and production and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for certain purposes driver’s licenses and identification cards from states not meeting the Act’s minimum standards.

There are four phases of enforcement, with Phase 4 beginning on January 22, 2018.  For more information, please visit the REAL ID Enforcement page.

Current Enforcement

No states or territories are currently subject to enforcement.

Future Enforcement Dates

January 22, 2018

All non-compliant states/territories will be subject to REAL ID enforcement at TSA checkpoints as of January 22, 2018.

REAL ID Extensions

DHS is in the process of developing the current extension criteria.

DHS will provide more information on this website when it becomes available.

We look forward to continuing to work with your jurisdiction in meeting the minimum security standards for driver’s licenses and identification cards. Please contact us if you have any questions at OSIIS@DHS.GOV.

Last Published Date: August 1, 2017

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