REALID is coming 10/1/20.

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.

What is REALID?
Do I need one?

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.

COMING SOON to an NJ MVC agency near you!

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.
Real IDs are best for those who typically use their driver license or non-driver ID (instead of a passport or other forms of ID) to fly domestically.
We will begin beta-testing REAL ID issuance in June 2019. We will start with one agency, then as we work out the kinks, we will expand to more agencies, behind the expansion of the queuing system.
During beta testing we will be issuing actual REAL ID licenses and IDs. You can find out more – and sign up to be notified when the agency near you starts issuing – at REALIDNJ.com.
Yes. You can get a REAL ID driver license or non-driver ID prior to the expiration of your current driver license or ID by visiting any New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission Agency. This REAL ID driver license or ID will expire upon your current expiration date. Sign up to be notified when the agency nearest you starts issuing REAL ID.
If your current driver license or non-driver ID expires after September 30, 2020, you can wait until renewal time, but you’ll need to use a passport or another form of acceptable identification for domestic air travel in the interim. Or, you can come into an agency sooner to change to a REAL ID driver license or ID.
The major difference is that a Standard driver license or non-driver ID will no longer be accepted as identification to fly domestically after September 30, 2020. The REAL ID looks like your traditional New Jersey driver license or ID, but with a gold star in the upper right corner. The Standard driver license or ID looks similar, but instead of a gold star, it will have the words NOT FOR “REAL ID” PURPOSES written on it. Both the REAL ID driver license and the Standard driver license are valid for driving.
The REAL ID driver license or non-driver ID looks like a traditional New Jersey driver license or non-driver ID, but with a gold star in the upper right corner. The Standard driver license or ID looks similar, but instead of a gold star, it will have the words NOT FOR “REAL ID” PURPOSES written on it.

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

It is a federal requirement for security purposes that we scan the documents and keep them securely stored in an encrypted format.
Yes. Your identification documents will be verified and, under certain circumstances, shared with the federal government. You can find out more by visiting the website https://www.dhs.gov/real-id.
To get your first REAL ID driver license or non-driver ID, you will have to visit a New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission agency. We recommend you visit the agency during the middle of the month to potentially reduce your waiting time.
The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJMVC) will be adding more online services, so drivers don’t have to visit an agency for certain transactions, such as renewing a Standard driver license or non-driver ID – so check our website to see if you can “Skip the Trip” to Motor Vehicle. Meanwhile, we are increasing staffing so that we can serve you as quickly as possible if you have to come to the agency in person. If you are getting a REAL ID for the first time, you will have to visit a NJMVC agency. We recommend you "meet us in the middle" - visit a NJMVC agency during the middle of the month, ideally the middle of the morning or the middle of the afternoon, when lines are shortest.
Yes, a REAL ID driver license is a recognized driver license.
By federal law, people who are 18 and older after September 30, 2020, will need a REAL ID to fly domestically if you do not have a valid passport to use. More information can be found on the federal DHS website.
Only through September 30, 2020. 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.
No. However, there will be an $11 fee associated with changing your Standard NJ driver license or non-driver ID to a REAL ID if not done at renewal.
We will begin beta-testing REAL ID issuance in June 2019. We will start with one agency, then as we work out the kinks, we will expand to more agencies, behind the expansion of the queuing system.
During beta testing we will be issuing actual REAL ID licenses and IDs. You can find out more – and sign up to be notified when the agency near you starts issuing – at REALIDNJ.com.

Skip the Trip!

If you don’t need a REALID, there are many transactions that you can do online to save yourself the trip to MVC. Check it out here!