Real ID compliant states

Real ID Compliant States – Up-to-date Real ID information

Big changes are in the air with regards to the REAL ID Act. While most U.S. States and Territories are compliant, there are a handful that are still in negotiations with the Federal Government to extend compliance for Real ID date requirements. Real ID requirements were set to be live by January 22, 2018, with extension states granted a bit more time with compliance due dates set for October2018. Wondering if you reside in a Real ID compliant state or not? We’ve put together some helpful information to keep you informed on your state’s status and where the hold up may be in terms of obtaining your Real ID license or card.

What does it mean if my state is Real ID compliant?

In the simplest of terms, the REAL ID Act was passed in 2005 to set a higher standard of security for forms of ID accepted by Federal Agencies used for official purposes. This includes boarding domestic flights and gaining access to federal facilities. States that are compliant with Real ID regulations have gone through the steps necessary to set a minimum security requirements for all state issued forms of ID; both Real ID licenses and ID cards issued by compliant states will be accepted for these purposes. In states that are not compliant, residents will be required to have a second, more secure form of ID for domestic travel and admittance to applicable facilities.


Happen to live in a non-compliant state? There are a few reasons your state may not yet have caught up to Real ID regulations. Because Real ID is a mandate on Federal Agencies and a set of regulations on their capacity to accept state-issued forms of ID, state participation is voluntary. Some states may have opted out due to concerns about resident data storage and the potential for an international ID database. Other states are concerned with the cost associated with issuing ID cards that contain RFID chips and symbols that prevent forgery.


What if I don’t want a Real ID

Live in a non-compliant Real ID state or simply don’t want to obtain a Real ID? No worries! Just make sure you have an acceptable secondary form of ID for domestic flights and federal or military property access.

Real ID compliant states – Is your state up to regulation?

The good news for a majority of America is that a little more than half of U.S. States and Territories are Real ID compliant. Most of the remaining, non-compliant states have been granted extensions until October of this year, while a handful of states or territories are currently under review.


Real ID compliant states:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • DC
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Maryland
  • Mississippi
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • Ohio
  • Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming


The extensions granted to states that are not yet Real ID compliant are in place to allow states time to meet the minimum security requirements set forth by the Federal Government. By October 1, 2020, all travelers will need a Real ID-compliant form or other form of acceptable ID to travel domestically or gain access to official Federal properties. If your state happens to be on the compliant list, you’re off to a great 2018. Don’t worry, you don’t need to rush in to update your ID at your local DMV. Residents can choose to update to a Real ID when they next head in to renew their license or ID.  Remember, you aren’t required to obtain a Real ID – just know if you choose to keep your regular license or ID, you will need to obtain a passport or other acceptable form of ID for domestic travel or entry into military or Federal facilities. Ready to nab up your new Real ID-compliant form of ID? Grab a certified copy of your birth certificate and read our blog on how to obtain your new license or card.


  1. Here is an unusual one.
    I was born in a house in Albuquerque, NM in 1956. Somehow, when my birth announcement made it to Vital Records
    the last name on my birth certificate is different from my Baptismal name recorded and took place a month later at a local Parish.
    My mother never sent for a copy of the birth certificate and probably was not aware about the last name error. She used my baptismal certificate every time she would register me in grade school etc.
    That copy wore out after all those years. I have managed to get a new one anyway.Recently, I sent for my own birth certificate and discovered the error
    on this document. I dont know what to do because I have used the “correct last name all of my life (school, Marriage , divorce, work, Social security etc.)
    Apparently this document wasn’t required back in the early days of my life (50’s , 60,s etc) and I was not required to display it either ever since the Real ID issue that came up this past year.
    I have been married and divorced assuming my maiden name which all along is not on my birth certificate. Does any of this make sense? Do I have to do a name change or will my Baptismal suffice?

    1. Hello Rita. The easiest course of action may be to look into amending/correcting your birth certificate to match all your other documentation. You may need to petition the court to have the birth certificate corrected. Click here to visit the New Mexico Department of Health for more information.

  2. Hurrah, that’s what I was exploring for, what
    a information! present here at this webpage, thanks admin of this website.

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