Need A Black Star On Your Alaska Driver’s License To Fly?

Need A Black Star On Your Alaska Driver’s License To Fly?

You don’t need a black star on your Alaska driver’s license to fly today, but you will. Residents of the state of Alaska must obtain their REAL IDs by May 3, 2023. After that, federal agencies will no longer accept identification cards and driver licenses issued at the state level without stars on them for passengers older than 18. 

alaska driver's license with a black star on it real id

This is an extension from the original October 2021 date due to the COVID pandemic. 

Department of Homeland Security’s Alejandro Mayorkas recently stated, “Extending the Real ID full enforcement deadline will give states needed time to reopen their driver’s licensing operations and ensure their residents can obtain a Real ID-compliant license or identification card.” 

The Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has stated that those without a star on their cards can continue to use their cards after May 3, 2023, but they will only be accepted for state-related purposes like driving, accessing hospitals, visiting the post office, applying for or receiving social security or veterans’ benefits, or banking transactions. For federal purposes, this identification will not be able to be used.

Not everyone in Alaska has a passport, especially if they don’t travel internationally. For domestic flights, a state-issued document like a driver’s license is all you need to fly. 

However, according to a law called the REAL ID Act, air travelers in the United States will be required to use a driver’s license that complies with the Real ID requirements when traveling within the United States of America beginning May 3rd, 2023.

Other documents that people will be able to use are their passports or their U.S. Military cards. Most people use their license to get through security on domestic flights though.

This law means that your driver’s license MUST comply with TSA’s requirements for you to fly domestically. A complying license will have a star on it. Does yours?   

Here is a great video on it from the Department of Homeland Security

Additionally, a REAL ID will be required to enter federal facilities in addition to the current identification requirements.

This is one of the new minimum security standards that will be used in federal buildings as well. As such, your domestic flight in the US will require a REAL ID.

Do you need a star on your license to fly into Alaska?

Yes, a star will be required for all Americans after May 3, 2023. This includes Alaskans. The black star indicates that your license has been certified as compliant with Federal REAL ID standards by the Department of Homeland Security. 

As of May 3rd, 2023, at least one REAL ID compliant credential or another form of identification will be required for domestic flights on commercial airlines in Alaska.

What does a Alaska REAL ID look like?

Driver’s licenses issued in Alaska since 2019 are REAL ID compliant, and the upper right-hand corner will display a black star. If yours doesn’t have that star, just go back in and talk to them about getting one that does. 

alaska real id black star on driver's license

How to get the black star on your Alaska license? 

You will receive it on your new license when you renew your ID before the May 2023 deadline.

You may need to present more identification documents to get a REAL-ID compliant Alaska driver license or to be verified. These required documents include:

  • Your social security
  • An unexpired U.S. passport card or book, or the original of your Birth Certificate
  • Title or registration for a Alaska vehicle
  • Legal documents proving your name change from your birth name if your name has changed
  • Policy or statement from your current car insurance company 

Just call or visit your local DMV office to replace your old one with one that is certified REAL ID. Click here to find your closest local branch office.

How much does it cost to get a Alaska REAL ID card or driver’s license?

The cost of an Alaska REAL ID is as follows: A driver’s license fee of $20… plus a REAL ID fee of $20… equals $40 for a new REAL ID Driver’s license.

What does a black star on your Alaska driver’s license mean?

The black star certifies that you have met the Real ID Act requirements. This means that the citizenship of the holder has been verified by the state department that issued the REAL ID.  

A star will appear in the top right corner of your Real ID license or non-driver identification card to indicate that this document can be used for federal identification.

Your Alaska driver’s license card will be REAL ID compliant if it was issued after 2019 and has a black star in the right-hand corner. Your compliant card can be used as a form of federal identification until it expires.

Alaska residents are given a black star in the corner of their licenses upon getting their first license or renewing one they already have. This indicates compliance with new DHS  REAL ID regulations. TSA checkpoints will require identification compliant with those regulations from all passengers after May 3, 2023.

Does REAL ID replace my Alaska driver license?

It will replace your current driver license, yes. And then you will use it as a driver license going forward.

It is a driver’s license. It just ensures that each person that receives it has met some minimum guideline the federal government has established for identification purposes.

What’s the star on your Alaska license for?

It indicates that your license is compliant and can be used anywhere a REAL ID is required for federal purposes. Flights, military bases, and nuclear power plants are a few of these places.

What is the REAL ID Act?

It is a federal law that requires states to issue driver’s licenses and ID cards that meet minimum security standards and prohibits federal agencies from accepting licenses and ID cards issued by states that don’t meet those standards.

It states as of May 3, 2023, REAL IDs will be required to board domestic flights or enter secure federal facilities.

Your Real ID Driver License or Non-Driver ID Card will be marked with a star in the top right corner or will have an American flag on it or the word “Enhanced” to indicate it qualifies for use as federal identification.

If your current identification card or license doesn’t qualify, so long as it hasn’t expired, it will be accepted until May 3, 2023. 

Do I need a REAL ID card in Alaska?

Yes, they will be mandatory as of May 3, 2023, for international travel or domestic flight or to enter a secured federal facility. Until then you can use your current driver’s license or card that you have been using.

Do I have to get a REAL ID in Alaska? 

Getting a REAL ID is not mandatory but is encouraged.

A REAL ID is optional and is not needed for the following:

  • Receiving Federal benefits
  • Driving a car
  • Accessing or entering hospitals and health clinics, law enforcement, or accessing court proceedings
  • Voting
  • Entering Federal facilities that do not require identification

Do you need a REAL ID to travel to Alaska?

Alaska will begin to require the use of a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or state identification card starting on May 3, 2023, for those traveling with commercial airlines. A REAL ID is indicated by a black star in the upper right-hand corner of the ID, driver’s license, or another appropriate form of identification.

The U.S. Congress introduced this law in 2005. It was one of the security measures put in place in the wake of one of the most significant attacks against the United States of America on its land, 9/11.

It is meant to set minimum standards of security for identification documents issued. These documents include identification cards and driver’s licenses.  

From May 3, 2023, you will need a black star on your driver’s license or ID card for federal agencies such as TSA to board a federally regulated commercial aircraft. This will be the acceptable form of federal ID and ensure they are REAL ID compliant.

Is my Alaska driver’s license REAL ID compliant?

Your Alaska driver’s license is REAL ID compliant if it has a black star in the upper right corner of it. See the pictures above to see examples of the black star. 

If you don’t have one, it is easy to get one. Just keep reading.

Can you fly without a REAL ID in Alaska?

You can fly without a REAL ID right now, but you won’t be able to after May 3, 2023. Not only will you need to have one to board commercial flights, but to visit military bases, federal courthouses that require federal identification, nuclear sites, or other federal facilities like federal prisons.

Is Alaska a Real ID state?

Yes, it is. Applicants for new licenses, permits, or ID cards must provide documents verifying their identity, lawful status, social security number, and residency in Alaska. A Real ID-compliant credential is issued to the DMV in return. Licenses and ID cards for non-compliant drivers may only be issued to Alaska residents with non-compliant licenses and ID cards.

Have more questions?

Federal Resources

If you have additional questions, the Department of Homeland Security has a great FAQ here.

Additional information can be found on the Department of Homeland Security’s site here: state compliance and state implementation

You can also contact the Transportation Security Administration: 866-289-9673

State Resources

To view information from the Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) website including time-saving tips, licensing locations, documentation requirements, fees, and other helpful federal and state resources please click HERE or HERE.

Does your Alaska driver’s license have a star on it?

To check whether you have a REAL ID compliant driver’s license, check near the upper right-hand corner of your card. It will be a black circle with a white star in it.

If your license isn’t from Alaska and it doesn’t have a star in the upper right corner, know that some other states already have enhanced their licenses to comply with the Real ID requirements. Such enhanced licenses do not have a star, but they have the United States of America flag on them or say “Enhanced”.

Your license doesn’t meet the requirements if it has any of the phrases below on it:
“Federal Limits Apply”
“Not For Federal Identification”
“Not For Federal Purposes”

Can I use my REAL ID card to travel across the border to Canada or Mexico… or international travel?

Definitely not. Real ID cards alone cannot be used to cross the border into Canada, Mexico, or any other foreign country. They are only valid for travel within the United States. You will still need a passport for international travel.

Do I need a REAL ID if I already have a passport?

You don’t have to have one if you would rather use your passport when traveling.

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Need A Gold or Black Star On Your Wyoming Driver’s License To Fly?

Need A Gold or Black Star On Your Wyoming Driver’s License To Fly?

You don’t need a black or gold star on your Wyoming driver’s license to fly today, but you will. Residents of the state of Wyoming must obtain their REAL IDs by May 3, 2023. After that, federal agencies will no longer accept identification cards and driver licenses issued at the state level without stars on them for passengers older than 18. 

Wyoming real ID with a gold star on it
courtesy of dot.state.wy.us

This is an extension from the original October 2021 date due to the COVID pandemic. 

Department of Homeland Security’s Alejandro Mayorkas recently stated, “Extending the Real ID full enforcement deadline will give states needed time to reopen their driver’s licensing operations and ensure their residents can obtain a Real ID-compliant license or identification card.” 

The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) has stated that those without a star on their cards can continue to use their cards after May 3, 2023, but they will only be accepted for state-related purposes like driving, accessing hospitals, visiting the post office, applying for or receiving social security or veterans’ benefits, or banking transactions. For federal purposes, this identification will not be able to be used.

Not everyone in Wyoming has a passport, especially if they don’t travel internationally. For domestic flights, a state-issued document like a driver’s license is all you need to fly. 

However, according to a law called the REAL ID Act, air travelers in the United States will be required to use a driver’s license that complies with the Real ID requirements when traveling within the United States of America beginning May 3rd, 2023.

Other documents that people will be able to use are their passports or their U.S. Military cards. Most people use their license to get through security on domestic flights though.

This law means that your driver’s license MUST comply with TSA’s requirements for you to fly domestically. A complying license will have a star on it. Does yours?   

Here is a great video on it from the Department of Homeland Security

Additionally, a REAL ID will be required to enter federal facilities in addition to the current identification requirements.

This is one of the new minimum security standards that will be used in federal buildings as well. As such, your domestic flight in the US will require a REAL ID.

Do you need a star on your license to fly into Wyoming?

Yes, a star will be required for all Americans after May 3, 2023. This includes Wyomingites. The gold or black star indicates that your license has been certified as compliant with Federal REAL ID standards by the Department of Homeland Security. 

As of May 3rd, 2023, at least one REAL ID compliant credential or another form of identification will be required for domestic flights on commercial airlines in Wyoming.

What does a Wyoming REAL ID look like?

Driver’s licenses issued in Wyoming since 2011 are REAL ID compliant, and the upper right-hand corner will display a black or gold star. If yours doesn’t have that star, just go back in and talk to them about getting one that does. 

courtesy of dot.state.wy.us

How to get the gold or black star on your Wyoming license? 

You will receive it on your new license when you renew your ID before the May 2023 deadline.

You may need to present more identification documents to get a REAL-ID compliant Wyoming driver license or to be verified. These required documents include:

  • Your social security
  • An unexpired U.S. passport card or book, or the original of your Birth Certificate
  • Title or registration for a Wyoming vehicle
  • Legal documents proving your name change from your birth name if your name has changed
  • Policy or statement from your current car insurance company 

Just call or visit your local DMV office to replace your old one with one that is certified REAL ID. Click here to find your closest local branch office.

Related: Do You Need A Star On Your Driver’s License To Fly?

How much does it cost to get a Wyoming REAL ID card or driver’s license?

The cost of a Wyoming REAL ID is $28.

Here are some of the basic license and ID fees

Driver License/Permit Fees
Class C$45
Any class CDL$55
Any class CLP$45
Restricted License$25
Temporary Motorcycle Permit$11
Motorcycle$11
Renewal Driver License/Permit Fees
Class C$35
Any class CDL$45
Temporary Motorcycle Permit$11
Motorcycle$11

HERE are all the fees on the state’s website.

What does a black or gold star on your Wyoming driver’s license mean?

The black or gold star certifies that you have met the Real ID Act requirements. This means that the citizenship of the holder has been verified by the state department that issued the REAL ID.  

A star will appear in the top right corner of your Real ID license or non-driver identification card to indicate that this document can be used for federal identification.

Your Wyoming driver’s license card will be REAL ID compliant if it was issued after 2011 and has a gold or black star in the right-hand corner. Your compliant card can be used as a form of federal identification until it expires.

Wyoming residents are given a black or gold star in the corner of their licenses upon getting their first license or renewing one they already have. This indicates compliance with new DHS  REAL ID regulations. TSA checkpoints will require identification compliant with those regulations from all passengers after May 3, 2023.

Does REAL ID replace my Wyoming driver license?

It will replace your current driver license, yes. And then you will use it as a driver license going forward.

It is a driver’s license. It just ensures that each person that receives it has met some minimum guideline the federal government has established for identification purposes.

What’s the star on your Wyoming license for?

It indicates that your license is compliant and can be used anywhere a REAL ID is required for federal purposes. Flights, military bases, and nuclear power plants are a few of these places.

What is the REAL ID Act?

It is a federal law that requires states to issue driver’s licenses and ID cards that meet minimum security standards and prohibits federal agencies from accepting licenses and ID cards issued by states that don’t meet those standards.

It states as of May 3, 2023, REAL IDs will be required to board domestic flights or enter secure federal facilities.

Your Real ID Driver License or Non-Driver ID Card will be marked with a star in the top right corner or will have an American flag on it or the word “Enhanced” to indicate it qualifies for use as federal identification.

If your current identification card or license doesn’t qualify, so long as it hasn’t expired, it will be accepted until May 3, 2023. 

Do I need a REAL ID card in Wyoming?

Yes, they will be mandatory as of May 3, 2023, for international travel or domestic flight or to enter a secured federal facility. Until then you can use your current driver’s license or card that you have been using.

Do I have to get a REAL ID in Wyoming? 

Getting a REAL ID is not mandatory but is encouraged.

A REAL ID is optional and is not needed for the following:

  • Receiving Federal benefits
  • Driving a car
  • Accessing or entering hospitals and health clinics, law enforcement, or accessing court proceedings
  • Voting
  • Entering Federal facilities that do not require identification

Do you need a REAL ID to travel to Wyoming?

Wyoming will begin to require the use of a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or state identification card starting on May 3, 2023, for those traveling with commercial airlines. A REAL ID is indicated by a black or gold star in the upper right-hand corner of the ID, driver’s license, or another appropriate form of identification.

The U.S. Congress introduced this law in 2005. It was one of the security measures put in place in the wake of one of the most significant attacks against the United States of America on its land, 9/11.

It is meant to set minimum standards of security for identification documents issued. These documents include identification cards and driver’s licenses.  

From May 3, 2023, you will need a gold or black star on your driver’s license or ID card for federal agencies such as TSA to board a federally regulated commercial aircraft. This will be the acceptable form of federal ID and ensure they are REAL ID compliant.

Is my Wyoming driver’s license REAL ID compliant?

Your Wyoming driver’s license is REAL ID compliant if it has a black or gold star in the upper right corner of it. See the pictures above to see examples of the gold or black star. 

If you don’t have one, it is easy to get one. Just keep reading.

Can you fly without a REAL ID in Wyoming?

You can fly without a REAL ID right now, but you won’t be able to after May 3, 2023. Not only will you need to have one to board commercial flights, but to visit military bases, federal courthouses that require federal identification, nuclear sites, or other federal facilities like federal prisons.

Related: Do You Need A Gold Star On Your West Virginia Driver’s License To Fly?

Is Wyoming a Real ID state?

Yes, it is. Applicants for new licenses, permits, or ID cards must provide documents verifying their identity, lawful status, social security number, and residency in Wyoming. A Real ID-compliant credential is issued to the DMV in return. Licenses and ID cards for non-compliant drivers may only be issued to Wyoming residents with non-compliant licenses and ID cards.

Have more questions?

Federal Resources

If you have additional questions, the Department of Homeland Security has a great FAQ here.

Additional information can be found on the Department of Homeland Security’s site here: state compliance and state implementation

You can also contact the Transportation Security Administration: 866-289-9673

State Resources

To view information from the The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) website including time-saving tips, licensing locations, documentation requirements, fees, and other helpful federal and state resources please click HERE.

HERE are the documents you will need to bring with you to get your driver’s license or state ID.

Does your Wyoming driver’s license have a star on it?

To check whether you have a REAL ID compliant driver’s license, check near the upper right-hand corner of your card. It will be a black or gold star or black ofr gold circle with a white star in it.

If your license isn’t from Wyoming and it doesn’t have a star in the upper right corner, know that some other states already have enhanced their licenses to comply with the Real ID requirements. Such enhanced licenses do not have a star, but they have the United States of America flag on them or say “Enhanced”.

Your license doesn’t meet the requirements if it has any of the phrases below on it:
“Federal Limits Apply”
“Not For Federal Identification”
“Not For Federal Purposes”

Related: Do You Need A Black Star On Your Alaska Driver’s License To Fly?

Need A Gold Star On Your West Virginia Driver’s License To Fly?

Need A Gold Star On Your West Virginia Driver’s License To Fly?

You don’t need a gold star on your West Virginia driver’s license to fly today, but you will. Residents of the state of West Virginia must obtain their REAL IDs by May 3, 2023. After that, federal agencies will no longer accept identification cards and driver licenses issued at the state level without stars on them for passengers older than 18. 

Woman's REAL ID driver's license with a gold star on it

This is an extension from the original October 2021 date due to the COVID pandemic. 

Department of Homeland Security’s Alejandro Mayorkas recently stated, “Extending the Real ID full enforcement deadline will give states needed time to reopen their driver’s licensing operations and ensure their residents can obtain a Real ID-compliant license or identification card.” 

The West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles has stated that those without a star on their cards can continue to use their cards after May 3, 2023, but they will only be accepted for state-related purposes like driving, accessing hospitals, visiting the post office, applying for or receiving social security or veterans’ benefits, or banking transactions. For federal purposes, this identification will not be able to be used.

Not everyone in West Virginia has a passport, especially if they don’t travel internationally. For domestic flights, a state-issued document like a driver’s license is all you need to fly. 

However, according to a law called the REAL ID Act, air travelers in the United States will be required to use a driver’s license that complies with the Real ID requirements when traveling within the United States of America beginning May 3rd, 2023.

Other documents that people will be able to use are their passports or their U.S. Military cards. Most people use their license to get through security on domestic flights though.

This law means that your driver’s license MUST comply with TSA’s requirements for you to fly domestically. A complying license will have a star on it. Does yours?   

Here is a great video on it from the Department of Homeland Security

Additionally, a REAL ID will be required to enter federal facilities in addition to the current identification requirements.

This is one of the new minimum security standards that will be used in federal buildings as well. As such, your domestic flight in the US will require a REAL ID.

Do you need a star on your license to fly into West Virginia?

Yes, a star will be required for all Americans after May 3, 2023. This includes West Virginians. The gold star indicates that your license has been certified as compliant with Federal REAL ID standards by the Department of Homeland Security. 

As of May 3rd, 2023, at least one REAL ID compliant credential or another form of identification will be required for domestic flights on commercial airlines in West Virginia.

What does a West Virginia REAL ID look like?

Driver’s licenses issued in West Virginia after January of 2012 are REAL ID compliant, and the upper right-hand corner will display a gold star. If yours doesn’t have that star, just go back in and talk to them about getting one that does. 

Gold star on driver's license in West Virginia

How to get the gold star on your West Virginia license? 

You will receive it on your new license when you renew your ID before the May 2023 deadline.

You may need to present more identification documents to get a REAL-ID compliant West Virginia driver license or to be verified. These required documents include:

  • Your social security
  • An unexpired U.S. passport card or book, or the original of your Birth Certificate
  • Title or registration for a West Virginia vehicle
  • Legal documents proving your name change from your birth name if your name has changed
  • Policy or statement from your current car insurance company 

Just call or visit your local DMV office to replace your old one with one that is certified REAL ID. Click here to find your closest local branch office.

How much does it cost to get a West Virginia REAL ID card or driver’s license?

There is a cost of $5 plus $0.50 for renewing your license in West Virginia based on the number of years you have held your license. Obtaining a REAL ID card requires an additional $10.00 fee due to processing and shipping costs. 

HERE are all the fees on the state’s website.

What does a gold star on your West Virginia driver’s license mean?

The gold star certifies that you have met the Real ID Act requirements. This means that the citizenship of the holder has been verified by the state department that issued the REAL ID.  

A star will appear in the top right corner of your Real ID license or non-driver identification card to indicate that this document can be used for federal identification.

Your West Virginia driver’s license card will be REAL ID compliant if it was issued after January of 2012 and has a gold star in the right-hand corner. Your compliant card can be used as a form of federal identification until it expires.

West Virginia residents are given a gold star in the corner of their licenses upon getting their first license or renewing one they already have. This indicates compliance with new DHS  REAL ID regulations. TSA checkpoints will require identification compliant with those regulations from all passengers after May 3, 2023.

Does REAL ID replace my West Virginia driver license?

It will replace your current driver license, yes. And then you will use it as a driver license going forward.

It is a driver’s license. It just ensures that each person that receives it has met some minimum guideline the federal government has established for identification purposes.

What’s the star on your West Virginia license for?

It indicates that your license is compliant and can be used anywhere a REAL ID is required for federal purposes. Flights, military bases, and nuclear power plants are a few of these places.

What is the REAL ID Act?

It is a federal law that requires states to issue driver’s licenses and ID cards that meet minimum security standards and prohibits federal agencies from accepting licenses and ID cards issued by states that don’t meet those standards.

It states as of May 3, 2023, REAL IDs will be required to board domestic flights or enter secure federal facilities.

Your Real ID Driver License or Non-Driver ID Card will be marked with a star in the top right corner or will have an American flag on it or the word “Enhanced” to indicate it qualifies for use as federal identification.

If your current identification card or license doesn’t qualify, so long as it hasn’t expired, it will be accepted until May 3, 2023. 

Do I need a REAL ID card in West Virginia?

Yes, they will be mandatory as of May 3, 2023, for international travel or domestic flight or to enter a secured federal facility. Until then you can use your current driver’s license or card that you have been using.

Do I have to get a REAL ID in West Virginia? 

Getting a REAL ID is not mandatory but is encouraged.

A REAL ID is optional and is not needed for the following:

  • Receiving Federal benefits
  • Driving a car
  • Accessing or entering hospitals and health clinics, law enforcement, or accessing court proceedings
  • Voting
  • Entering Federal facilities that do not require identification

Related: Do You Need A Gold Star or “Enhanced” On Your Washington Driver’s License To Fly?

Do you need a REAL ID to travel to West Virginia?

West Virginia will begin to require the use of a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or state identification card starting on May 3, 2023, for those traveling with commercial airlines. A REAL ID is indicated by a gold star in the upper right-hand corner of the ID, driver’s license, or another appropriate form of identification.

The U.S. Congress introduced this law in 2005. It was one of the security measures put in place in the wake of one of the most significant attacks against the United States of America on its land, 9/11.

It is meant to set minimum standards of security for identification documents issued. These documents include identification cards and driver’s licenses.  

From May 3, 2023, you will need a gold star on your driver’s license or ID card for federal agencies such as TSA to board a federally regulated commercial aircraft. This will be the acceptable form of federal ID and ensure they are REAL ID compliant.

Is my West Virginia driver’s license REAL ID compliant?

Your West Virginia driver’s license is REAL ID compliant if it has a gold star in the upper right corner of it. See the pictures above to see examples of the gold star. 

If you don’t have one, it is easy to get one. Just keep reading.

Can you fly without a REAL ID in West Virginia?

You can fly without a REAL ID right now, but you won’t be able to after May 3, 2023. Not only will you need to have one to board commercial flights, but to visit military bases, federal courthouses that require federal identification, nuclear sites, or other federal facilities like federal prisons.

Related: Do You Need A Gold Or Black Star On Wyoming Driver’s License To Fly?

Is West Virginia a Real ID state?

Yes, it is. Applicants for new licenses, permits, or ID cards must provide documents verifying their identity, lawful status, social security number, and residency in West Virginia. A Real ID-compliant credential is issued to the DMV in return. Licenses and ID cards for non-compliant drivers may only be issued to West Virginia residents with non-compliant licenses and ID cards.

The info is great in this video, although the date is now May of 23 instead of Oct of 20

Have more questions?

Federal Resources

If you have additional questions, the Department of Homeland Security has a great FAQ here.

Additional information can be found on the Department of Homeland Security’s site here: state compliance and state implementation

You can also contact the Transportation Security Administration: 866-289-9673

State Resources

To view information from the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles website including time-saving tips, licensing locations, documentation requirements, fees, and other helpful federal and state resources please click HERE.

HERE is a brochure that explains a lot about getting your REAL ID.

Does your West Virginia driver’s license have a star on it?

To check whether you have a REAL ID compliant driver’s license, check near the upper right-hand corner of your card. It will be a gold star or a gold circle with a white star in it.

If your license isn’t from West Virginia and it doesn’t have a star in the upper right corner, know that some other states already have enhanced their licenses to comply with the Real ID requirements. Such enhanced licenses do not have a star, but they have the United States of America flag on them or say “Enhanced”.

Your license doesn’t meet the requirements if it has any of the phrases below on it:
“Federal Limits Apply”
“Not For Federal Identification”
“Not For Federal Purposes”

Related: Do You Need A Star On Your Driver’s License To Fly?

Need A Gold Star or “Enhanced” On Your Washington Driver’s License To Fly?

Need A Gold Star or “Enhanced” On Your Washington Driver’s License To Fly?

You don’t need a gold star on your Washington driver’s license to fly today, but by May 3, 2023, your license will need to say “Enhanced Driver License” at the top of it. This means it is REAL ID certified.

Enhanced driver's license from Washington state

Residents of the state of Washington must obtain their REAL IDs by May 3, 2023. After that, federal agencies will no longer accept identification cards and driver licenses issued at the state level that aren’t REAL ID certified. In the state of Washington, REAL IDs will say “Enhanced” at the top for passengers older than 18 years old.

The May 2023 deadline is an extension from the original October 2021 date due to the COVID pandemic.

They are commonly called Enhanced Driver License (EDL) and Enhanced Identification Card (EID)

Department of Homeland Security’s Alejandro Mayorkas recently stated, “Extending the Real ID full enforcement deadline will give states needed time to reopen their driver’s licensing operations and ensure their residents can obtain a Real ID-compliant license or identification card.” 

The Washington State Department of Licensing has stated that those without “Enhanced Driver License” at the top of their cards can continue to use their cards after May 3, 2023, but they will only be accepted for state-related purposes like driving, accessing hospitals, visiting the post office, applying for or receiving social security or veterans’ benefits, or banking transactions. For federal purposes, this identification will not be able to be used.

Not everyone in Washington has a passport, especially if they don’t travel internationally. For domestic flights, a state-issued document like a driver’s license is all you need to fly. 

However, according to a law called the REAL ID Act, air travelers in the United States will be required to use a driver’s license that complies with the Real ID requirements when traveling within the United States of America beginning May 3rd, 2023.

Other documents that people will be able to use are their passports or their U.S. Military cards. Most people use their driver’s licenses to get through security on domestic flights though.

This law means that your enhanced driver’s license (EDL) MUST comply with TSA’s requirements for you to fly domestically. A complying Washington license will have “Enhanced Driver License” at the top of the card. Does yours?   

Here is a great video on it from the Department of Homeland Security

Additionally, a REAL ID or will be required to enter federal facilities in addition to the current identification requirements.

This is one of the new minimum security standards that will be used in federal buildings as well. As such, your domestic flight in the US will require a REAL ID.

Do you need a REAL ID to fly into Washington?

Yes, a REAL ID compliant EDL or EID will be required for all Americans after May 3, 2023. This includes Washingtonians. The following emblems are used by different states to indicate that a license or ID has been certified as compliant with Federal REAL ID standards by the Department of Homeland Security. 

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Different symbols for real ids
REAL ID symbols on driver’s licenses and state IDs

As of May 3rd, 2023, at least one REAL ID compliant credential or another form of identification will be required for domestic flights on commercial airlines in Washington.

What does a Washington REAL ID look like?

Driver’s licenses issued in Washington after October of 2018 are REAL ID compliant, and your license will say “Enhanced Driver License” at the top of it. If yours doesn’t have “Enhanced” on it, just go back in and talk to them about getting one that does. 

Washington EDL

You may already have what you need

You may already have identification that is sufficient and you might not need to worry about obtaining a new REAL ID-compliant enhanced driver’s license.

It is possible to use a variety of existing identification options. Here is the full list:

  • U.S. Military ID
  • U.S. Passport
  • U.S. Passport Card
  • Permanent Resident Card (Green Card)
  • Foreign Passport
  • Federally Recognized, Tribal-issued Photo ID
  • Border Crossing Card
  • Enhanced Driver License (EDL)
  • Enhanced Identification Card (EID)
  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Employment Authorization Card (I-766)

How to get “Enhanced” on your Washington license? 

You will receive it on your new enhanced license when you renew your ID before the May 2023 deadline.

You may need to present more identification documents to get a REAL-ID compliant Washington driver license or to be verified. These required documents include:

  • Your social security
  • An unexpired U.S. passport card or book, or the original of your Birth Certificate
  • Title or registration for a Washington vehicle
  • Legal documents proving your name change from your birth name if your name has changed
  • Policy or statement from your current car insurance company 

Just call or visit your local DMV office to replace your old one with one that is certified REAL ID. Click here to find your closest local branch office.

How much does it cost to get a Washington REAL ID card or driver’s license?

It is $54 for a standard six-year license or ID. It costs $78 for a six-year enhanced ID or license. Residents are able to choose either option.

HERE are all the fees on the state’s website.

What does “Enhanced” on your Washington driver’s license mean?

“Enhanced Driver License” at the top of it certifies that you have met the Real ID Act requirements. This means that the citizenship of the holder has been verified by the state department that issued the REAL ID.  

“Enhanced” at the top of your Real ID license or non-driver identification card indicates that this document can be used for federal identification.

Your Washington driver’s license card will be REAL ID compliant if it was issued after October of 2018 and has “Enhanced Driver License” at the top of it. Your compliant card can be used as a form of federal identification until it expires.

Washington residents are now given the words “Enhanced Driver License” at the top of their licenses upon getting their first license or renewing one they already have. 

This indicates compliance with new DHS  REAL ID regulations. TSA checkpoints will require identification compliant with those regulations from all passengers after May 3, 2023.

Does REAL ID replace my Washington driver license?

It will replace your current driver license, yes. And then you will use it as a driver license going forward.

It is a driver’s license. It just ensures that each person that receives it has met some minimum guideline the federal government has established for identification purposes.

What is the REAL ID Act?

It is a federal law that requires states to issue driver’s licenses and ID cards that meet minimum security standards and prohibits federal agencies from accepting licenses and ID cards issued by states that don’t meet those standards.

It states as of May 3, 2023, REAL IDs will be required to board domestic flights or enter secure federal facilities.

In Washington, your Real ID Driver License or Non-Driver ID Card will be marked with “Enhanced” to indicate it qualifies for use as federal identification.

If your current identification card or license doesn’t qualify, so long as it hasn’t expired, it will be accepted until May 3, 2023. 

Do I need a REAL ID card in Washington?

Yes, they will be mandatory as of May 3, 2023, for international travel or domestic flight or to enter a secured federal facility. Until then you can use your current driver’s license or card that you have been using.

Do I have to get a REAL ID in Washington? 

Getting a REAL ID is not mandatory but is encouraged.

A REAL ID is optional and is not needed for the following:

  • Receiving Federal benefits
  • Driving a car
  • Accessing or entering hospitals and health clinics, law enforcement, or accessing court proceedings
  • Voting
  • Entering Federal facilities that do not require identification

Do you need a REAL ID to travel to Washington?

Washington will begin to require the use of a REAL ID-compliant enhanced driver’s license or state enhanced identification card starting on May 3, 2023, for those traveling with commercial airlines. A REAL ID is typically indicated by a gold star in the upper right-hand corner of the ID, driver’s license, or another appropriate form of identification. In the state of Washington, your license won’t have a star but will need to say “Enhanced Driver License” at the top of it. 

The U.S. Congress introduced this law in 2005. It was one of the security measures put in place in the wake of one of the most significant attacks against the United States of America on its land, 9/11.

It is meant to set minimum standards of security for identification documents issued. These documents include identification cards and driver’s licenses.  

From May 3, 2023, you will need a gold star or the words “Enhanced Driver License” at the top of it on your driver’s license or ID card for federal agencies such as TSA to board a federally regulated commercial aircraft. This will be the acceptable form of federal ID and ensure they are REAL ID compliant.

Is my Washington driver’s license REAL ID compliant?

Your Washington driver’s license is REAL ID compliant if it has “Enhanced Driver License” at the top of it. See the pictures above to see examples. 

If you don’t have one, it is easy to get one. Just keep reading.

Can you fly without a REAL ID in Washington?

You can fly without a REAL ID right now, but you won’t be able to after May 3, 2023. Not only will you need to have one to board commercial flights, but to visit military bases, federal courthouses that require federal identification, nuclear sites, or other federal facilities like federal prisons.

Is Washington a Real ID state?

Yes, it is. Applicants for new licenses, permits, or ID cards must provide documents verifying their identity, lawful status, social security number, and residency in Washington. A Real ID-compliant credential is issued to the DMV in return. Licenses and ID cards for non-compliant drivers may only be issued to Washington residents with non-compliant licenses and ID cards.

Have more questions?

Federal Resources

If you have additional questions, the Department of Homeland Security has a great FAQ here.

Additional information can be found on the Department of Homeland Security’s site here: state compliance and state implementation

You can also contact the Transportation Security Administration: 866-289-9673

State Resources

To view information from the Washington State Department of Licensing website including time-saving tips, licensing locations, documentation requirements, fees, and other helpful federal and state resources for getting your Enhanced Driver License (EDL) or Enhanced Identification Card (EID) click HERE.

HERE is an online way to schedule or cancel an appointment for your new driver’s license or ID.

HERE are a number of tips for your visit.

If you have additional EID or EDL questions, the state website has additional info HERE as well.

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Does your Washington driver’s license have “Enhanced” on it?

To check whether you have a REAL ID compliant driver’s license, check near the top of your card. It will say “Enhanced Driver License” at the top of it.

If your license isn’t from Washington and it doesn’t have a star in the upper right corner, know that some other states already have enhanced their licenses to comply with the Real ID requirements. Such enhanced licenses usually have a star in a gold or black circle in the upper right-hand corner.

Your license doesn’t meet the requirements if it has any of the phrases below on it:
“Federal Limits Apply”
“Not For Federal Identification”
“Not For Federal Purposes”

What’s the “Enhanced” on your Washington license for?

It indicates that your license is compliant and can be used anywhere a REAL ID is required for federal purposes. Flights, military bases, and nuclear power plants are a few of these places.

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Need A Gold Star On Your Maine Driver’s License To Fly?

Need A Gold Star On Your Maine Driver’s License To Fly?

You don’t need a gold star on your Maine driver’s license to fly today, but you will. Residents of the state of Maine must obtain their REAL IDs by May 3, 2023. After that, federal agencies will no longer accept identification cards and driver licenses issued at the state level without stars on them for passengers older than 18 years old. This is an extension from the original October 2021 date due to the COVID pandemic. 

Maine Real Id compliant driver's license

Department of Homeland Security’s Alejandro Mayorkas recently stated, “Extending the Real ID full enforcement deadline will give states needed time to reopen their driver’s licensing operations and ensure their residents can obtain a Real ID-compliant license or identification card.” 

The Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles has stated that those without a star on their cards can continue to use their cards after May 3, 2023, but they will only be accepted for state-related purposes like driving, accessing hospitals, visiting the post office, applying for or receiving social security or veterans’ benefits, or banking transactions. For federal purposes, this identification will not be able to be used.

Not everyone in Maine has a passport, especially if they don’t travel internationally. For domestic flights, a state-issued document like a driver’s license is all you need to fly. 

However, according to a law called the REAL ID Act, air travelers in the United States will be required to use a driver’s license that complies with the Real ID requirements when traveling within the United States of America beginning May 3rd, 2023.

Other documents that people will be able to use are their passports or their U.S. Military cards. Most people use their license to get through security on domestic flights though.

This law means that your driver’s license MUST comply with TSA’s requirements for you to fly domestically. A complying license will have a star on it. Does yours?   

Here is a great video on it from the Department of Homeland Security

Additionally, a REAL ID or will be required to enter federal facilities in addition to the current identification requirements.

This is one of the new minimum security standards that will be used in federal buildings as well. As such, your domestic flight in the US will require a REAL ID.

Do you need a star on your license to fly into Maine?

Yes, a star will be required for all Americans after May 3, 2023. This includes Mainers. The gold star indicates that your license has been certified as compliant with Federal REAL ID standards by the Department of Homeland Security. 

As of May 3rd, 2023, at least one REAL ID compliant credential or another form of identification will be required for domestic flights on commercial airlines in Maine.

What does a Maine REAL ID look like?

Driver’s licenses issued in Maine after July 1st of 2019 are REAL ID compliant, and the upper right-hand corner will display a gold star. If yours doesn’t have that star, just go back in and talk to them about getting one that does. 

enhanced gold star on driver's license in maine

How to get the gold star on your Maine license? 

You will receive it on your new license when you renew your ID before the May 2023 deadline.

You may need to present more identification documents to get a REAL-ID compliant Maine driver license or to be verified. These required documents include:

  • Your social security
  • An unexpired U.S. passport card or book, or the original of your Birth Certificate
  • Title or registration for a Maine vehicle
  • Legal documents proving your name change from your birth name if your name has changed
  • Policy or statement from your current car insurance company 

Just call or visit your local DMV office to replace your old one with one that is certified REAL ID. Click here to find your closest local branch office.

How much does it cost to get a Maine REAL ID card or driver’s license?

The cost of a Maine REAL ID is $55. The standard license costs $35.

HERE are all the fees on the state’s website.

What does a gold star on your Maine driver’s license mean?

The gold star certifies that you have met the Real ID Act requirements. This means that the citizenship of the holder has been verified by the state department that issued the REAL ID.  

A star will appear in the top right corner of your Real ID license or non-driver identification card to indicate that this document can be used for federal identification.

Your Maine driver’s license card will be REAL ID compliant if it was issued after July 1st of 2019 and has a gold star in the right-hand corner. Your compliant card can be used as a form of federal identification until it expires.

Maine residents are given a gold star in the corner of their licenses upon getting their first license or renewing one they already have. This indicates compliance with new DHS  REAL ID regulations. TSA checkpoints will require identification compliant with those regulations from all passengers after May 3, 2023.

Does REAL ID replace my Maine driver license?

It will replace your current driver license, yes. And then you will use it as a driver license going forward.

It is a driver’s license. It just ensures that each person that receives it has met some minimum guideline the federal government has established for identification purposes.

What’s the star on your Maine license for?

It indicates that your license is compliant and can be used anywhere a REAL ID is required for federal purposes. Flights, military bases, and nuclear power plants are a few of these places.

What is the REAL ID Act?

It is a federal law that requires states to issue driver’s licenses and ID cards that meet minimum security standards and prohibits federal agencies from accepting licenses and ID cards issued by states that don’t meet them.

It states as of May 3, 2023, REAL IDs will be required to board domestic flights or enter secure federal facilities.

Your Real ID Driver License or Non-Driver ID Card will be marked with a star in the top right corner or will have an American flag on it or the word “Enhanced” to indicate it qualifies for use as federal identification.

If your current identification card or license doesn’t qualify, so long as it hasn’t expired, it will be accepted until May 3, 2023. 

Do I need a REAL ID card in Maine?

Yes, they will be mandatory as of May 3, 2023, for international travel or domestic flight or to enter a secured federal facility. Until then you can use your current driver’s license or card that you have been using.

Do I have to get a REAL ID in Maine? 

Getting a REAL ID is not mandatory but is encouraged.

A REAL ID is optional and is not needed for the following:

  • Receiving Federal benefits
  • Driving a car
  • Accessing or entering hospitals and health clinics, law enforcement, or accessing court proceedings
  • Voting
  • Entering Federal facilities that do not require identification

Do you need a REAL ID to travel to Maine?

Maine will begin to require the use of a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or state identification card starting on May 3, 2023, for those traveling with commercial airlines. A REAL ID is indicated by a gold star in the upper right-hand corner of the ID, driver’s license, or another appropriate form of identification.

The U.S. Congress introduced this law in 2005. It was one of the security measures put in place in the wake of one of the most significant attacks against the United States of America on its land, 9/11.

It is meant to set minimum standards of security for identification documents issued. These documents include identification cards and driver’s licenses.  

From May 3, 2023, you will need a gold star on your driver’s license or ID card for federal agencies such as TSA to board a federally regulated commercial aircraft. This will be the acceptable form of federal ID and ensure they are REAL ID compliant.

Is my Maine driver’s license REAL ID compliant?

Your Maine driver’s license is REAL ID compliant if it has a gold star in the upper right corner of it. See the pictures above to see examples of the gold star. 

If you don’t have one, it is easy to get one. Just keep reading.

Can you fly without a REAL ID in Maine?

You can fly without a REAL ID right now, but you won’t be able to after May 3, 2023. Not only will you need to have one to board commercial flights, but to visit military bases, federal courthouses that require federal identification, nuclear sites, or other federal facilities like federal prisons.

Is Maine a Real ID state?

Yes, it is. Applicants for new licenses, permits, or ID cards must provide documents verifying their identity, lawful status, social security number, and residency in Maine. A Real ID-compliant credential is issued to the DMV in return. Licenses and ID cards for non-compliant drivers may only be issued to Maine residents with non-compliant licenses and ID cards.

Have more questions?

Federal Resources

If you have additional questions, the Department of Homeland Security has a great FAQ here.

Additional information can be found on the Department of Homeland Security’s site here: state compliance and state implementation

You can also contact the Transportation Security Administration: 866-289-9673

State Resources

To view information from the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles website including time-saving tips, licensing locations, documentation requirements, fees, and other helpful federal and state resources please click HERE.

HERE are the documents you will need to bring with you to get your driver’s license or state ID.

Does your Maine driver’s license have a star on it?

To check whether you have a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license, check near the upper right-hand corner of your card. It will be a gold outline of the state of Maine with a white star in it.

If your license isn’t from Maine and it doesn’t have a star in the upper right corner, know that some other states already have enhanced their licenses to comply with the Real ID requirements. Such enhanced licenses do not have a star, but they have the United States of America flag on them or say “Enhanced”.

Your license doesn’t meet the requirements if it has any of the phrases below on it:
“Federal Limits Apply”
“Not For Federal Identification”
“Not For Federal Purposes”

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Need A Gold Star On Your South Dakota Driver’s License To Fly?

Need A Gold Star On Your South Dakota Driver’s License To Fly?

You don’t need a gold star on your South Dakota driver’s license to fly today, but you will. Residents of the state of South Dakota must obtain their state IDs and driver’s licenses with a star in a gold circle by May 3, 2023. After that, federal agencies will no longer accept identification cards and driver licenses issued at the state level without stars on them for passengers older than 18 years old. This is an extension from the original October 2021 date due to the COVID pandemic. 

South Dakota real id driver's license

Department of Homeland Security’s Alejandro Mayorkas recently stated, “Extending the Real ID full enforcement deadline will give states needed time to reopen their driver’s licensing operations and ensure their residents can obtain a Real ID-compliant license or identification card.” 

The South Dakota Department of Public Safety has stated that those without a star on their cards can continue to use their cards after May 3, 2023, but they will only be accepted for state-related purposes like driving, accessing hospitals, visiting the post office, applying for or receiving social security or veterans’ benefits, or banking transactions. For federal purposes, this identification will not be able to be used.

Not everyone in South Dakota has a passport, especially if they don’t travel internationally. For domestic flights, a state-issued document like a driver’s license is all you need to fly. 

However, according to a law called the REAL ID Act, air travelers in the United States will be required to use a driver’s license that complies with the Real ID requirements when traveling within the United States of America beginning May 3rd, 2023.

Here is a great video on it from the Department of Homeland Security

Other documents that people will be able to use are their passports or their U.S. Military cards. Most people use their license to get through security on domestic flights though.

This law means that your driver’s license MUST comply with TSA’s requirements for you to fly domestically. A complying license will have a star on it. Does yours?   

Additionally, a REAL ID or will be required to enter federal facilities in addition to the current identification requirements.

This is one of the new minimum security standards that will be used in federal buildings as well. As such, your domestic flight in the US will require a REAL ID.

Do you need a star on your license to fly into South Dakota?

Yes, a star will be required for all Americans after May 3, 2023. This includes South Dakotans. The gold star indicates that your license has been certified as compliant with Federal REAL ID standards by the Department of Homeland Security. 

As of May 3rd, 2023, at least one REAL ID compliant credential or another form of identification will be required for domestic flights on commercial airlines in South Dakota.

What does a South Dakota REAL ID look like?

Driver’s licenses issued in South Dakota after January of 2010 are REAL ID compliant, and the upper right-hand corner will display a gold star. If yours doesn’t have that star, just go back in and talk to them about getting one that does. 

Woman driver's license that is REAL ID compliant

How to get the gold star on your South Dakota license? 

You will receive it on your new license when you renew your ID before the May 2023 deadline.

You may need to present more identification documents to get a REAL-ID compliant South Dakota driver’s license or to be verified. These required documents include:

  • Your social security
  • An unexpired U.S. passport card or book, or the original of your Birth Certificate
  • Title or registration for a South Dakota vehicle
  • Legal documents proving your name change from your birth name if your name has changed
  • Policy or statement from your current car insurance company 

Just call or visit your local DMV office to replace your old one with one that is certified REAL ID. Click here to find your closest local branch office.

How much does it cost to get a South Dakota REAL ID card or driver’s license?

The cost of a South Dakota REAL ID is $28.

Here are some of the basic license and ID fees
Driver’s License – $28

License Renewal – $28

Instruction Permit – $28

Restricted Minor’s Permit – $28

Duplicate License – $15

Name or Address Change – $15

Reinstatement Fees – $50 to $200

Driving Record – $5

Non-driver Identification Card – $28

Duplicate ID Card – $15

HERE are all the fees on the state’s website.

What does a gold star on your South Dakota driver’s license mean?

The gold star certifies that you have met the Real ID Act requirements. This means that the citizenship of the holder has been verified by the state department that issued the REAL ID.  

A star will appear in the top right corner of your Real ID license or non-driver identification card to indicate that this document can be used for federal identification.

Your South Dakota driver’s license card will be REAL ID compliant if it was issued after January of 2010 and has a gold star in the right-hand corner. Your compliant card can be used as a form of federal identification until it expires.

South Dakota residents are given a gold star in the corner of their licenses upon getting their first license or renewing one they already have. This indicates compliance with new DHS  REAL ID regulations. TSA checkpoints will require identification compliant with those regulations from all passengers after May 3, 2023.

Does REAL ID replace my South Dakota driver license?

It will replace your current driver license, yes. And then you will use it as a driver license going forward.

It is a driver’s license. It just ensures that each person that receives it has met some minimum guideline the federal government has established for identification purposes.

What’s the star on your South Dakota license for?

It indicates that your license is compliant and can be used anywhere a REAL ID is required for federal purposes. Flights, military bases, and nuclear power plants are a few of these places.

What is the REAL ID Act?

It is a federal law that requires states to issue driver’s licenses and ID cards that meet minimum security, and prohibits federal agencies from accepting licenses and ID cards issued by states that don’t meet those standards.

It states as of May 3, 2023, REAL IDs will be required to board domestic flights or enter secure federal facilities.

Your Real ID Driver License or Non-Driver ID Card will be marked with a star in the top right corner or will have an American flag on it or the word “Enhanced” to indicate it qualifies for use as federal identification.

If your current identification card or license doesn’t qualify, so long as it hasn’t expired, it will be accepted until May 3, 2023. 

Do I need a REAL ID card in South Dakota?

Yes, they will be mandatory as of May 3, 2023, for international travel or domestic flight or to enter a secured federal facility. Until then you can use your current driver’s license or card that you have been using.

Do I have to get a REAL ID in South Dakota? 

Getting a REAL ID is not mandatory but is encouraged.

A REAL ID is optional and is not needed for the following:

  • Receiving Federal benefits
  • Driving a car
  • Accessing or entering hospitals and health clinics, law enforcement, or accessing court proceedings
  • Voting
  • Entering Federal facilities that do not require identification

Do you need a REAL ID to travel to South Dakota?

South Dakota will begin to require the use of a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or state identification card starting on May 3, 2023, for those traveling with commercial airlines. A REAL ID is indicated by a gold star in the upper right-hand corner of the ID, driver’s license, or another appropriate form of identification.

The U.S. Congress introduced this law in 2005. It was one of the security measures put in place in the wake of one of the most significant attacks against the United States of America on its land, 9/11.

It is meant to set minimum standards of security for identification documents issued. These documents include identification cards and driver’s licenses.  

From May 3, 2023, you will need a gold star on your driver’s license or ID card for federal agencies such as TSA to board a federally regulated commercial aircraft. This will be the acceptable form of federal ID and ensure they are REAL ID compliant.

Is my South Dakota driver’s license REAL ID compliant?

Your South Dakota driver’s license is REAL ID compliant if it has a gold star in the upper right corner of it. See the pictures above to see examples of the gold star. 

If you don’t have one, it is easy to get one. Just keep reading.

Can you fly without a REAL ID in South Dakota?

You can fly without a REAL ID right now, but you won’t be able to after May 3, 2023. Not only will you need to have one to board commercial flights, but to visit military bases, federal courthouses that require federal identification, nuclear sites, or other federal facilities like federal prisons.

Is South Dakota a Real ID state?

Yes, it is. Applicants for new licenses, permits, or ID cards must provide documents verifying their identity, lawful status, social security number, and residency in South Dakota. A Real ID-compliant credential is issued to the DMV in return. Licenses and ID cards for non-compliant drivers may only be issued to South Dakota residents with non-compliant licenses and ID cards.

Have more questions?

Federal Resources

If you have additional questions, the Department of Homeland Security has a great FAQ here.

Additional information can be found on the Department of Homeland Security’s site here: state compliance and state implementation

You can also contact the Transportation Security Administration: 866-289-9673

State Resources

To view information from the South Dakota Department of Public Safety website including time-saving tips, licensing locations, documentation requirements, fees, and other helpful federal and state resources please click HERE.

HERE is an online portal you can use to get your REAL ID if you are eligible.

HERE are the documents you will need to bring with you to get your driver’s license or state ID.

Does your South Dakota driver’s license have a star on it?

To check whether you have a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license, check near the upper right-hand corner of your card. It will be a gold circle with a white star in it.

If your license isn’t from South Dakota and it doesn’t have a star in the upper right corner, know that some other states already have enhanced their licenses to comply with the Real ID requirements. Such enhanced licenses do not have a star, but they have the United States of America flag on them or say “Enhanced”.

Your license doesn’t meet the requirements if it has any of the phrases below on it:
“Federal Limits Apply”
“Not For Federal Identification”
“Not For Federal Purposes”

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An interesting video about why people move to South Dakota: