Enforcement was previously scheduled to begin on May 3, 2023. The deadline was pushed back due to a backlog in processing documents, which was caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a news release.
The Real ID Act was passed in 2005, following a recommendation from the 9/11 Commission. It established minimum security standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards, including anti-counterfeit technology and the use of record checks to confirm a person’s identity.
All 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and four U.S. territories are issuing Real ID-compliant driver’s licenses and identification cards, according to the release.
Who is required to have a Real ID-compliant card?
For domestic air travel, anyone age 18 or older must have a Real ID-compliant driver’s license, identification card or other approved form of identification. These will be shown at airport security checkpoints.
Other approved forms include a U.S. passport or an ID issued by a federally recognized tribal nation, according to the Transportation Security Administration.
A Real ID card will also be required to enter secure federal buildings and nuclear facilities.
Does your ID meet the requirements?
Real ID-compliant driver’s licenses and identification cards will have a gold circle with an inset star in the upper right corner. If an ID does not meet the requirements, an application can be submitted for one at any Texas Department of Public Safety Office. Texans who have a state-issued license or identification card may be able to renew it online, according to the DPS.
To receive a compliant license or identification card, your identity, date of birth, social security number, lawful residence status and primary residence address must be verified. A list of documents accepted by the DPS can be found here.