Different Types of ID and What They’re Used For – Infographic

With the roll out of Real ID, Americans are changing the way they travel and what forms of ID they choose to carry. It’s important for travelers to understand what different types of ID are available to them, and what their purposes are. A regular driver’s license will no longer be an acceptable form of ID for domestic flights.

Knowing the ins and outs of which ID to have on hand can be tricky. Do you need a Real ID to fly? Is a passport better? Check out our infographic below to help you learn about the different types of ID and which form is best for you.

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There are many different types of ID available to Americans. Learn the different types and what they’re used for.

Having the knowledge of which form of ID to carry can help cut down on stress, and will help you better plan for any trips or vacations you may be planning. Know that along with the implementation of Real ID, you are not required to immediately transition to a Real ID immediately. Need a certified copy of your birth certificate to get started on the application process for a new form of ID? Check out VitalChek.com for help.


  1. I have a very real concerning question that’s bugged me for years and I would love a very legal but even better just a correct and very right answer on this subject about Iowa Birth Certificate’s. I was born in 1969 in a small Iowa County Seat, but its the main county seat where the Courthouse is and to this day I cannot go get my birth certificate at the county courthouse where i was born because they tell me i have to go thru Bureau of Vital Statistics. Can u tell me why? Does that mean i’m adopted?. I never got a SS# until 1983 when my Dad became disabled and my parents had to get me one because they were going to be getting a disability check in my name because i was only 14
    my Dad became disabled when i was 14 and they were going to get checks. Please let me know. Thanks so much

    1. Hello Cindy. Unfortunately, we have no way of knowing why you are unable to get a copy of your birth certificate at the county level. But according to the Iowa Department of Public Health website
      County registrars do not have the following records in their physical custody:
      1. Single-parent births prior to July 1, 1995;
      2. Adoptions;
      3. Birth records after a legal change of name through Iowa Code chapter 674;
      4. Delayed records filed one year or more after the event;
      5. Any record ordered seal by a court of law;
      6. Birth, death, and marriage records between the years 1921 to 1941

      If any of these reasons apply to your situation, you would need to get your birth certificate through the state office. Hope this gives you some insight.

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