May 7, 2025, sounds like it’s a long time from now but it will be here before you know it. And if you don’t have a Real ID by then, you won’t be able to get on domestic flights or enter federal facilities including secure buildings, military bases, and courthouses.
Real ID is a new state-issued driver’s license or identification card that meets increased security standards established by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Real ID cards are made with tamper-proof features and include additional information, such as the driver’s full name, date of birth, gender, address, and a digital photo.
To obtain a Real ID driver’s license or identification card, you can visit a Department of Motor Vehicles office in your state and provide the required documentation. At a minimum, you must provide documentation showing your full legal name, date of birth, Social Security number, two proofs of address, and lawful status.
Virginia residents can take advantage of an online pre-application at dmv.virginia.gov that walks you through what documents you need to bring to your DMV visit so you can complete the process.
For more information, go to the Department of Homeland Security’s website at dhs.gov/real-id.