Does your Florida driver’s license or ID card have a gold star in the upper right corner?
If you answered yes, then you have a Florida Real ID driver’s license. The Sunshine State started issuing Real ID licenses and identification cards on Jan. 4, 2010.
But if you answered no, don’t worry. You now have until May 3, 2023, to secure your Real ID Florida driver’s license, U.S. passport or another form of federally approved identification in order to board a commercial airline or enter federal buildings and nuclear power plants.
The original enforcement deadline of a Real ID was Oct. 1, 2020, and the pandemic situation extended it out to Oct. 3, 2021. With many driver’s licensing agencies still operating at limited capacity, the deadline has been pushed out an additional 19 months to May 2023.
The Real ID Act was passed by Congress in 2005 and became effective nationwide in 2008. The recommendation to the Federal Government to “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver's licenses” came from the 9/11 Commission.
Real ID is an effort to improve the security of state-issued driver licenses and ID cards. The aim is to help fight terrorism as well as reduce identity fraud.
Currently, all states are Real ID-compliant except Oregon, Oklahoma and New Jersey. Oregon and Oklahoma have an extension on Real ID enforcement. Oregon will begin issuing Real ID documents on July 6, 2020; Oklahoma will begin Sept.18, 2020. New Jersey is under review for Real ID enforcement. They have several agencies offering Real ID licenses and ID cards, but not all state-wide.
If you don’t have a Real ID-compliant ID card, you’ll need to go to the DMV or a tax collector office. You can find a location near you at the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles site. As of Jan. 2, 2020, drivers with licenses that are not Real ID compliant are no longer able to renew their license online.
The documents you will be required to have include:
Proof of date of birth and lawful presence in the United States. One (1) document is required in the form of either a:
Proof of Social Security number. One (1) document is required in the form of either a:
Proof of Florida residency. Two (2) different documents are required in the form of either a:
Sample Florida Real ID driver's license
If you need to upgrade to a Florida Real ID driver’s license or ID card, you will need to pay the $25 replacement fee.
There is an additional $6.25 surcharge if you get your Real ID license or ID from a local tax collector’s office.
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