REAL ID is coming

Starting October 1, 2021, you must have a REAL ID compliant driver license/ID to fly within the U.S., unless you use a U.S. passport or another federally approved form of identification.

UNTIL THAT DATE, a Standard New Jersey driver license is valid for air travel within the U.S.

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What is REAL ID?

REAL ID is the new federal requirement for state-issued driver licenses and non-driver IDs to help prevent fraudulent identification.

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Do I need a REAL ID?

You are not required to get a REAL ID, however, starting October 1, 2021, if you typically use your driver license or non-driver ID (instead of a passport or other form of ID) to fly within the U.S. you probably want a REAL ID. Otherwise you will need to use a valid U.S. passport or another federally approved form of identification. The Standard New Jersey driver license can still be used for driving.

When can I get my REAL ID?

You can get a REAL ID if your license is expiring in less than three months. If it is, come into a Licensing Center with all required documents before it expires.

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How do I get a REAL ID?

  • If your license is expiring in less than three months, schedule a renewal appointment in a Licensing Center with all required documents before it expires.

  • If your license is expiring after September 30, 2021 you can obtain an upgrade to a REAL ID by scheduling a REAL ID Upgrade appointment

Frequently Asked Questions

What is REAL ID?

REAL ID is the new federal requirement for state-issued driver licenses and non-driver IDs to help prevent fraudulent identification.

Do I need a REAL ID?
Why do I need a REAL ID?
Is everyone required to get a REAL ID?

You are not required to get a REAL ID, however, starting October 1, 2021, if you typically use your driver license or non-driver ID (instead of a passport or other form of ID) to fly within the U.S. you probably want a REAL ID. Otherwise you will need to use a valid U.S. passport or another federally approved form of identification. The Standard New Jersey driver license can still be used for driving.

Who should get a REAL ID?

REAL IDs are best for those who typically use their driver license or non-driver ID (instead of a passport or other forms of ID) to fly within the U.S.

When will NJ have REAL ID?
When can I get my REAL ID?
When should I get my REAL ID?

If your license is expiring in less than three months, schedule a renewal appointment in a Licensing Center with all required documents before it expires.


If your license is expiring after September 30, 2021 you can obtain an upgrade to a REAL ID by scheduling a REAL ID Upgrade appointment

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