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Traveling in late 2021? Heard you’ll need a REAL ID?

Good news, Colorado IDs issued since 2012 are compliant — look for a star in the corner.

Posted on January 12, 2020 2020Breaking News


REAL ID Colorado Sample

REVISED ( Aug. 12, 2020): updated to reflect REAL ID deadline extension. 

You may have seen news stories or signs at the airport reminding you that starting Oct. 1, 2021, every U.S. resident will need a REAL ID-compliant license/ID, or another acceptable form of identification, to access Federal facilities and board commercial aircraft.

Don’t panic — but do check the top right corner of your Colorado-issued driver license or identification card for a star — if it’s there you are REAL ID compliant.

Because Colorado began issuing compliant driver licenses and ID cards in 2012 you most likely already have one. If you don’t see a star don’t wait until the last minute to get a REAL ID.

You can become REAL ID compliant by going through the Department of Motor Vehicle’s normal issuance process. Visit the County’s Driver License page for information on licensing and identification requirements.

Passed by Congress in 2005, the REAL ID Act established national standards for state‑issued driver licenses and identification cards. In accordance with the act, the DMV must verify an applicant’s full legal name, identity, date of birth, and lawful presence in the United States when issuing a Colorado driver license or state identification card.

Learn more about REAL ID and other acceptable forms of identification.

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