REAL ID is coming

Starting October 1, 2020, you must have a REAL ID compliant driver license/ID to fly within the U.S., unless you use a U.S. passport or another federally approved form of identification.

UNTIL THAT DATE, a Standard New Jersey driver license is valid for air travel within the U.S.

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What is REAL ID?

REAL ID is the new federal requirement for state-issued driver licenses and non-driver IDs to help prevent fraudulent identification.

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Do I need a REAL ID?

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 within the U.S. you probably want a REAL ID. Otherwise you will need to use a valid U.S. passport or another federally approved form of identification. The Standard New Jersey driver license can still be used for driving.

When can I get my REAL ID?

We will be beta-testing REAL ID at various locations throughout the summer and early fall. If you’d like to be notified when an agency near you starts offering REAL ID, sign up below.

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Sign up to be notified to make a REAL ID appointment

We have started issuing REAL ID driver licenses and non-driver IDs in select locations. Sign up here, and we’ll email you when REAL ID is available at an MVC location near you, including a link to get an appointment.

How do I get a REAL ID?

To get your first REAL ID driver license or non-driver ID, you will need to get an appointment at a New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission agency. Sign up above and we will email you when an agency near you starts offering REAL ID.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is REAL ID?

REAL ID is the new federal requirement for state-issued driver licenses and non-driver IDs to help prevent fraudulent identification.

Do I need a REAL ID?
Why do I need a REAL ID?
Is everyone required to get a REAL ID?

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 within the U.S. you probably want a REAL ID. Otherwise you will need to use a valid U.S. passport or another federally approved form of identification. The Standard New Jersey driver license can still be used for driving.

Who should get a REAL ID?

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 within the U.S.

When will NJ have REAL ID?
When can I get my REAL ID?
When should I get my REAL ID?

We will be beta-testing REAL ID at various locations throughout the summer and early fall. If you’d like to be notified when an agency near you starts offering REAL ID, sign up at REALIDNJ.com, and you may be one of the first people in your area to get your REAL ID.

Can I change my current driver license or non-driver ID to a REAL ID?

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.

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