October 9, 2018 Ashley Miller

What You Need to Know About the REAL ID

In the past few years, many conversations have taken place to discuss the Real ID Act and how it will affect air travelers. As of October 1, 2020, if you are planning to fly anywhere in the continental U.S. on a domestic flight, you will need to take a visit to the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles prior to your travels to obtain a Real ID compliant driver’s license or identification card. Previous deadlines have been extended, but there are no plans to extend the deadline any further.  A Real ID driver’s license or identification card will display a gold circle with a star cutout, as shown below.

What exactly is the Real ID Act?

The act is part of a larger effort by the federal government to increase security, monitoring travelers on domestic flights, and people needing to enter federal buildings.

If you do not have a REAL ID to board a domestic flight, you will need to show your non-REAL ID and a passport as a second form of identification. The ID will also be needed to gain access to any Federal Building.

Please see below the items you will need to obtain a Real ID driver’s license or identification card:


The following FIVE Items must be verified: 

  1. Identity
  2. Lawful Status
  3. Date of Birth
  4. Social Security Number
  5. Proof of residence (two documents)

For example, if you currently have a valid Louisiana Driver’s license, presenting your original or certified copy of your birth certificate issued from a state or territory of the United States and your Social Security card would provide the first 4 items on the list. Unless you are changing your address, your valid Louisiana driver’s license can be utilized as one form of proof of residence, a second form could be a utility bill in your name with that same address.

Commonly used primary and secondary documents are:

  • Original or Certified copy of birth certificate issued by a state within the United States (primary)
  • Unexpired U.S. passport (primary)
  • Permanent Resident Card (primary)
  • Social Security Card (secondary)
  • Voter Registration Card (secondary)


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