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REAL ID Act of 2005

Digital Media Toolkit

The campaign offers a digital media toolkit with content that can be leveraged to drive awareness and action for REAL ID. The toolkit includes both English and Spanish graphics (banner ads) that can be used on partner websites and in customer e-mails.

DHS Announces Extension of REAL ID Full Enforcement Deadline

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending the REAL ID full enforcement date by 19 months, from October 1, 2021 to May 3, 2023, due to circumstances resulting from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

REAL ID - Minimum Standards for Driver’s Licenses

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Strategy, Policy, and Plans and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) published a request for information in the Federal Register seeking information about security standards and technologies concerning mobile driver’s licenses. Responses to the request for information will support future DHS/TSA rulemaking to update the REAL ID Act implementing regulation to accommodate mobile driver’s licenses.


Frequently asked questions and answers regarding the implementation the REAL ID Act. 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.

Print Toolkit

The print toolkit provides signage and collateral that can be printed and distributed electronically by government and industry partners. The toolkit includes a fact sheet, postcards, flyers, posters and pull-up banner graphics. 

DHS Launches “Be Your REAL ID Self” Public Awareness Campaign

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has begun a new nationwide public awareness campaign, “Be Your REAL ID Self” to promote awareness of the REAL ID requirements and encourage the public to act before the October 1, 2021 full enforcement deadline.

Campaign Toolkits

Government and industry partners promote the “Be Your REAL ID Self” Public Awareness Campaign as part of integrated efforts to improve the security of our homeland. Achieving REAL ID readiness is a collective effort between federal, state and local governments, as well as industry partners. Partners are crucial in driving awareness, education and adoption of REAL ID by their customers and constituents.

Social Media Toolkit

The “Be Your REAL ID Self” campaign offers a Social Media Toolkit with content that can be leveraged on all your social channels to drive awareness and action for REAL ID in advance of the October 1, 2021 enforcement deadline.


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