REAL ID goes into effect in a year

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You now have less than one year until a REAL ID will be required to board a flight or enter a federal facility. Across the United States, the requirement begins October 1, 2020 as a result of the REAL ID Act. Passed by Congress in 2005, it requires every state to issue this REAL ID-compliant license or ID.

In order to obtain a REAL ID, the federal government requires Louisiana residents to confirm proof of residency, legal presence and identity and Social Security number through the following documentation:

  • Passport or birth certificate
  • Two proof of address documents such utility bills or bank statements
  • Social Security card
  • Name change linking documents, example: Marriage Certificate
  • Divorce Decree, Court order

The Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles has a website with information on the documentation that will be presented at the Revenue Office to obtain a REAL ID. The website confirms the documents meet all requirements or specifies which document is missing.

The cost to obtain a REAL ID does not differ from the cost to obtain or renew a license or ID. The REAL ID may be obtained any time as a replacement license or ID.

Additional information on the REAL ID Act of 2005 may be found at www.dhs.gov/real-id.

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