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Real ID Extension States

In December 23, 2017

If you haven’t heard about The REAL ID Act yet, you need be aware of how it may restrict the usage of your driver’s license or state-issued identification card for official purposes such as air travel and accessing federal facilities. While the Act sets a national security standard that all states must follow for granting driver’s licenses and IDs, the transition has not gone smoothly due to complications upgrading state systems.  As a result, extensions have been granted to some states while others are still pending.  After January 22, 2018, if you live in a state that is not a Real ID compliant or Real ID extension state, you may find yourself scrambling to find alternative forms of identity verification in order to fly domestically or enter a federal building.

Below is a list of Real ID extension states and U.S. Territories. If your state appears on the list, it means that you will be able to use your current valid driver’s license to fly domestically and enter federal facilities until October 10, 2018.

  • Alaska
  • California
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Puerto Rico
  • Guam
  • S. Virgin Islands

Below is a list of U.S. States or Territories that are currently under review but have not yet been granted an extension:

  • Connecticut
  • Louisianna
  • Michigan
  • New York
  • American Samoa
  • Northern Mariana Islands

While it is unknown whether states will be granted additional extensions past October, 2018 it is known that no extensions will extend any later than October 1, 2021. This means you may need to apply for a new license within the next year or two. To prepare for a new application, you should be sure that you have all of the documents required for a new Real ID license. You will have to have proof of identity, proof of social security number, proof of any legal name changes, and up to two documents for proof of address. Here are a few examples of acceptable documents.

  • Birth certificate or U.S. passport
  • Social security card
  • Marriage certificate
  • Utility bill or bank statement with current address

Need help obtaining one of the above vital records? At VitalChek, we can help you get your documents in order so you will be ready for your new Real ID application. Simply order your government-certified birth certificate or marriage certificate online with our secure network. Stay up to date on Real ID extension states so you don’t get left behind! And for all of your vital records needs, you can count on VitalChek!

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