The first thing travelers should know about REAL ID is that they only have until October 1, 2020, to ensure that their driver’s license is compliant, otherwise, a valid passport will be needed to pass through the TSA checkpoint and board a domestic flight. Requirements to obtain a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license vary by state so be sure to check the website of the state you live in to save time, stress and guarantee the smoothest application process possible. You will need to prove your full legal name. Be sure to bring along items such as a marriage certificate or divorce decree if your name isn’t the same on all of the necessary proof documents. Items you will need in most states:

You will need to provide proof of your identity, which can include documents like a birth certificate or a valid U.S. passport. You will need proof of your Social Security number. You will need proof of residency is also a must. Check to see what forms are acceptable in your state. I used a telephone bill.

Once you have met all the criteria your REAL ID will be sent to you in the mail so don’t wait until the last minute so your travel plans are not interrupted.