UPDATE ON ID NEEDED TO FLY
The final phase of implementation of the REAL ID Act became effective January 22, 2018, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will only accept state-issued driver’s licenses or identification cards if they are issued by a REAL ID compliant state or a non-compliant state with an extension. As always, travelers may use alternate forms of identification such as a passport, military ID, or permanent resident card. A complete list of identification documents accepted at TSA checkpoints is available on tsa.gov.
The REAL ID Act, passed by Congress in 2005, establishes the minimum security standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards and prohibits federal agencies, like TSA, from accepting licenses and identification cards for certain official purposes, including boarding federally regulated commercial aircraft, from states that do not meet these minimum standards.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO YOU?
If you use your drivers license to travel on a commercial airline you need to check that your drivers license is REAL ID compliant before your next trip. You may need to get a new drivers license or risk being denied by TSA and missing your flight.
If you plan to fly within the U.S., visit a military base or other federal buildings, the Department of Homeland Security will require identification that is REAL ID compliant (or show another acceptable form of identification, such as a passport) beginning October 1, 2020. Wisconsin DMV issues REAL ID compliant products (marked with a µ) in accordance with the federal REAL ID Act of 2005. Don’t get left behind without a REAL ID.
To obtain a REAL ID-compliant driver license or ID card, you must present additional documentation when you apply. One original document or certified copy (not a photocopy, fax or scan) from each category is required. Some documents may be used for more than one category, whereas some will only satisfy the requirements of a single category. The document categories include:
Use DMV’s interactive driver licensing guide to receive a personalized checklist of the required documents you will need to bring. It also allows you to pre-fill any required application(s), print and bring with you or submit electronically (if eligible). You may also be able to schedule an appointment for the DMV for faster service.
Driver Information Section
P.O. Box 7983
Madison, WI 53707-7983
Email Wisconsin DMV email service
Phone (608) 264-7447
Fax (608) 267-3812