Starting October 1, 2020, you must have have a REAL ID compliant driver license/ID to fly commercially, unless you use a U.S. passport or military ID.
UNTIL THAT DATE, a Standard New Jersey driver license is valid for domestic air travel.
REAL ID is the new federal requirement for state-issued driver licenses and non-driver IDs to help prevent fraudulent identification.
You are not required to get a REAL ID. However, starting October 1, 2020, if you typically use your driver license or non-driver ID (instead of a passport or other form of ID) to fly domestically you probably want a REAL ID. Otherwise you will need to use other acceptable identification such as a valid U.S. passport or military ID. The Standard New Jersey driver license can still be used for driving.
We plan to begin issuing REAL ID driver licenses and non-driver IDs in the summer of 2019, plenty of time before the REAL ID program takes effect. Sign up to be notified when the agency nearest you starts issuing REAL ID.
People are probably familiar with what they currently need to provide at the Motor Vehicle Commission agency as proof of identification for a Standard ID. They need to have a verifiable Social Security Number, they need to provide 1 document as proof of address and they need to provide identity documents that add up to 6 points according to the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission guidelines.
For REAL ID there is going to be some New Math happening at the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission!
2 + 1 + 6 = REAL ID
What does this mean? It means you will need to bring the following with you to get a REAL ID:
• 2 documents as proof of your address
• 1 document as proof of your Social Security Number
• Identity documents that add up to 6 REAL ID* points
Please check back here soon for a link to an online calculator which will help you choose exactly what documents you will need to bring to a New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission agency for
2 + 1 + 6 = REAL ID.
*Point values are different for a REAL ID vs. a Standard ID