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Traveling by Air? If you don't have the star, you won't go far. Get #REALIDready. Beginning October 1, 2020 there will be new requirements for Americans flying in the U.S. Make sure you're REAL ID ready so you're not left behind. Contact your state DMV for details.

What Florida Travelers Need to Know About REAL ID

Are you ready for REAL ID?

(Thursday, October 3, 2019) – On October 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will implement the final phase of REAL ID enforcement, requiring Americans to present a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or another acceptable form of authenticated ID to go through airport security checkpoints.

REAL ID refers to a set of security standards established by Congress in 2005 for card issuance, card design and application processing that individual states must follow when issuing driver’s licenses and other forms of identification; most REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses feature a star in the upper-right corner. However, some states (MI, MN, NY, VT and WA) are issuing enhanced driver’s licenses either instead of or in addition to REAL IDs, which are generally designated by a U.S. flag. Florida began issuing REAL ID-compliant credentials after January 2010. If you have renewed or obtained a license or ID after January 4, 2010, you most likely already have a REAL ID. Check for the star in the upper-right corner.

However, an estimated 99 million Americans (39%) do not have any form of identification (e.g. REAL ID-compliant driver’s license, U.S. passport, U.S. military ID or an enhanced driver’s license) that will be accepted after October 1, 2020. Furthermore, the majority of Americans (57%) are unaware of the October 1, 2020 deadline for enforcement. Air travel risks being seriously disrupted if millions of passengers are turned away on October 1, 2020, for not having the necessary documents to fly.

The City of Sunny Isles Beach is working with the larger travel industry and our government partners to educate Florida’s travelers on REAL ID enforcement. Policy changes that allow alternative forms of authentication in place of a REAL ID at airport security checkpoints—including biometric screening and existing enrollment in Trusted Traveler Programs—can help mitigate the effects of REAL ID enforcement, while also ensuring a secure and efficient screening process.

It is our desire that all air travelers flying within the U.S. secure a REAL ID-compliant form of identification well ahead of next year’s deadline in order to keep the air travel process moving without disruption.


Replace or Renew Your Florida Driver License or ID Card

Customers must renew their Florida driver license or ID card every eight years. The expiration date is listed on the credential. Florida driver license and ID card holders may renew their credential up to 18 months in advance of the expiration date.

REAL ID enforcement is coming—let’s make sure we’re all prepared.