Who Will Need the New “Real ID?”
It seems like there is a push to overhaul the United States identification and driver’s license cards to provide more security for everyone. A few years ago, the State of Tennessee unveiled new identification cards to help curb underage drinking. Now there is a nationwide rollout of what is being called a “Real ID.”
Who needs a “Real ID?”
A “Real ID” will be required after October 1, 2020 for anyone boarding a commercial flight in the United States or for anyone wanting to enter certain restricted federal buildings.
What is the difference between a “Real ID” and a driver’s license?
The difference between a “Real ID” and a normal driver’s license is the “Real ID” has a gold star in the upper right-hand corner indicating you have presented the proof required to obtain such a license. Most people affected by this new change will be those that fly commercially within the United States.
It should be noted that after October 1, 2020 you will still be allowed to fly if you have a valid passport. If you do not have a valid passport, then you will need a “Real ID.”
What documents do you need to get a “Real ID” in Tennessee?
To obtain a “Real ID” you will need to make an appointment at your local DMV and bring the following documents:
- A U.S. Passport, drivers license or permanent resident card
- A W-2 or paystub that indicates proof of you Social Security Number or bring your original Social Security card.
- You will also need two forms of proof of residency related documents, such as a utility or mortgage bill
Do you need a “Real ID” if you’re under the age of 18?
Individuals under the age of 18 do not have to comply with the “Real ID” requirements at this time.
Can I get a “Real ID” online?
The “Real ID” cannot be applied for or obtained online. Individuals wanting to obtain a “Real ID” must do so in person. To learn more details and requirements about the “Real ID” click here.
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