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Information for the Real ID

Beginning May 2023, to fly within the United States or to enter a federal office, you will need the Real ID

 

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has extended the REAL ID full enforcement date from October 1, 2021 to May 3, 2023, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Beginning May 3, 2023, every air traveler 18 years of age and older will need a REAL ID compliant driver’s license or identification card, or another TSA-acceptable form of identification, for domestic air travel and to enter certain federal facilities.

This page is operated by the Department of Developmental Services. DDS does not issue REAL IDs. To begin the process of getting a REAL ID, please refer to the Massachusetts REAL ID page.

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