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Updating Driver's License to "REAL ID??"

Just announced, DHS has extended the deadline to May 7, 2025

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This the 1st I've heard abt a "REAL ID" (from the DMV)

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Anybody have any info on this?

Required to update Driver's License to this??

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TIA

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Re: Updating Driver's License to "REAL ID??"

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You don't need to update unless you plan on flying or entering a federal facility. If you already have a passport, you don't need a Real ID for flying.

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Each state has special requirements to obtain Real ID. Check out your state's website to find out what you'd need.

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Re: Updating Driver's License to "REAL ID??"

I've had a real ID for almost a decade now. All it means is when you renew your DL, you have to bring substantial documents to prove who you are. If you want to fly after the deadline passes, you need a REAL id.

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In GA, I think I had to bring my birth certficate, social security card and I also changed my name so I needed that legal document too. It took me two seconds when I renewed several years ago.

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Re: Updating Driver's License to "REAL ID??"

The purpose to have a Real ID/Driver's license is to fly domestically. If you already have a passport you don't need to apply for a Real ID.

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Re: Updating Driver's License to "REAL ID??"

Here in MI we've had them for years as it also serves as a border crossing card if traveling by vehicle to Canada.

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Re: Updating Driver's License to "REAL ID??"

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So, I dont need the "REAL ID" card to vote?

I can continue to use the "Old Driver's license," as long as it's not expired?

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Re: Updating Driver's License to "REAL ID??"

@SnowpuppyIs that just for MI residents or can anyone with a REAL ID drive in? I thought you needed a passport now to get in no matter how you go.

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Re: Updating Driver's License to "REAL ID??"

@MakeUpMaidn

The real ID has been an option for 2+ years. I have never been on a plane nor intend to fly anywhere, so I did not opt for this license.

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Re: Updating Driver's License to "REAL ID??"

@MakeUpMaidnNot required. Vote away!

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Re: Updating Driver's License to "REAL ID??"

Also, beyond the above (moved) deadline, can I then get a "REAL ID" card, *after* this moved deadline?