RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - It’s been more than a year since Virginia began issuing REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses, and in less than one year they will be required for air travel.
You can tell if your Virginia driver’s license is REAL ID-compliant because it will have a star in the upper right corner. Without that star, you will need a different form of identification beginning Oct. 1, 2020. Licenses that are not REAL ID-compliant will either say “federal limits apply” or will have nothing in the corner.
A U.S. passport and some military IDs will be acceptable in lieu of a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license.
The Virginia Department of Transportation has added additional staff, expanded its mobile unit and renovated offices to better serve the need for REAL IDs.
“Now is the perfect time for Virginia residents to get a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or identification card because beginning October 1, 2020, every air traveler 18 years of age and older will need a REAL ID-compliant credential or another acceptable form of ID to fly within the United States,” said Chuck Burke, TSA’s Federal Security Director for Central and Southern Virginia. “While you’re out there purchasing holiday gifts for others, remember that this is an ideal time to get yourself a gift—get your REAL ID.”
An in-person visit to a DMV office, along with proper documentation, is required to obtain a REAL ID. In order to receive one, you must present proof of identity and legal presence in the U.S. such as an unexpired passport or birth certificate, proof of Social Security number, two proofs of residency and proof of name change, if applicable.
For a complete list of accepted documents, visit the DMV’s website.
Virginia residents are not required to obtain a new driver’s license before Oct. 1, 2020. Regular Virginia driver’s licenses will still be accepted after Oct. 1, 2020, for other purposes such as voting and cashing checks.
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