New ID cards and driver’s licenses—REAL ID—are the same as standard ID’s or licenses, but they also have a gold circle and a star in the top right corner.
Possession of a REAL ID is not mandatory. However, after Oct. 1, 2020, REAL ID will be required for domestic flights and for those needing to access certain federal buildings, according to the Transportation Security Administration.
REAL ID cards will cost the same to issue as regular driver’s licenses and ID cards, so long as the individual is within their renewal period. For those not within their renewal period, a duplicate fee will be charged. Individuals will need two documents to serve as proof of Tennessee residency as well as proof of citizenship and proof of social security, according to the Tennessee Department of Homeland Security.