REAL ID in Massachusetts

The federal REAL ID Act mandates that certain license and identification card physical security standards as well as identity security standards are met in the license and ID card issuance process.

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What is REAL ID?

REAL ID is new type of driver’s license or ID card. REAL ID is a requirement of the federal REAL ID Act of 2005, which sets security and identity standards for state issued driver’s licenses and ID cards. On October 1, 2020, a valid U.S or foreign passport, U.S. passport card, military ID, or a REAL ID license or identification card will be required to enter certain U.S. government buildings and to board flights within the U.S. Residents who have a valid passport will never need a REAL ID.


Try the REAL ID Wizard

The REAL ID wizard is a tool to help you decide if REAL ID is right for you.

You do NOT need a REAL ID until October 2020 but the RMV will begin to issue REAL IDs on March 26, 2018.


More Information

For more information about the federal REAL ID program

View the REAL ID FAQS published by the Department of Homeland Security.


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