- What is the REAL ID Act?
- When do I need a REAL ID marked card?
- What documents do I need to obtain a REAL ID marked DL or ID card?
- What are the differences between current Vermont DL and ID cards and REAL ID marked cards?
- How do I obtain a REAL ID marked DL or ID card?
- Where can I get a REAL ID marked DL or ID card?
- Is the Vermont Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL) or Enhanced Non-Driver ID (EID) acceptable for REAL ID compliance?
- What is a Driver's Privilege Card?
- What will happen if I do not have a REAL ID marked card and attempt to board a commercial aircraft, access a federal facility that requires identification to enter, or enter a nuclear power plant?
- Can I still drive if I have a valid DL that is not marked as REAL ID compliant?
- Can I still use my valid DL or ID card for identification if it is not marked as REAL ID compliant?
- What if I change my mind? Can I get a REAL ID marked DL or ID?
- Will a REAL ID marked card cost more than one that is not marked?
- Will a REAL ID marked card be valid for a different length of time than one that is not marked?
- Does the REAL ID Act apply to all types of DLs and ID cards?
- Can I use my out-of-state DL or ID card or Vermont DL or ID as proof of identity?
- What if my name has changed?
- What if I am a minor?
- I do not have a Social Security card, W-2 or tax document to demonstrate a valid Social Security number. What should I do?
- I no longer have my birth certificate with an official seal. What should I do?
- Once I obtain a REAL ID marked card, do I have to submit these documents again when it is time for renewal?
- If I have temporary lawful status in the United States, will the DL or ID card issued to me be different?
- Does a DL or ID card marked “limited term” have different or lesser privileges?
- I have had a DL or ID card in Vermont for many years. Why do I have to show documentation to obtain a REAL ID marked card?
- I have heard that REAL ID marked DL and ID cards have an electronic chip in them that allows my movements to be tracked. Is this true?
- Can I use my Real ID DL/ID to cross the borders from Canada or Mexico?
In response to acts of terrorism committed against the United States, and in an effort to ensure the safety of citizens, Congress passed the REAL ID Act of 2005. The REAL ID Act is implemented through federal regulations administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Vermonters can wait until their driver's license renewal date to apply for a REAL ID.
Regardless of whether you are a new applicant or current card holder, you must bring the same types of documents to get a REAL ID marked card. REAL ID Checklist.
New applicants and current DL and ID card holders must present the required documents from each of these four categories.
- Identity and date of birth
- Lawful status in the United States
- Social Security number
- Vermont residency and current residential address
Because Vermont already produces cards that meet the REAL ID security standards, there will be almost no material differences. They will be made of the same materials; offer the same security features designed to prevent tampering, counterfeiting or duplication; contain the same information; and have the same general appearance.
The only significant physical difference will be a star on the front of the card in the upper, right-hand corner.
New applicants that successfully complete the requirements for a Vermont DL or ID card will be issued a REAL ID marked card.
Current DL or ID card holders
Go to any Vermont DMV office and present the same documents a new applicant would present. This can be done when you renew your existing card; or you may surrender your current card and request a duplicate that is REAL ID marked. Duplicates require paying a replacement fee.
All applicants must provide proof of identity; date of birth; Social Security number; Vermont residence; and lawful status or presence in the United States. See REAL ID Checklist
You may apply at any Vermont DMV office.
Is the Vermont Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL) or Enhanced Non-Driver ID (EID) acceptable for REAL ID compliance?
Yes, the Vermont EDL & EID are designated as acceptable border-crossing documents by DHS under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI). Vermont EDL & EID are acceptable for official Federal purposes (i.e., boarding a commercial aircraft, accessing a federal facility, or entering a nuclear power plant).
A Vermont license which is NOT Real ID compliant will be labled as a "Driver's Privilege Card". The Privilege Card is available to anyone that is a Vermont Resident and a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National or Permanent Resident Alien or, an Undocumented Immigrant in the United States
What will happen if I do not have a REAL ID marked card and attempt to board a commercial aircraft, access a federal facility that requires identification to enter, or enter a nuclear power plant?
The federal agency responsible for security of the airport, federal facility or nuclear power plant will determine whether to permit access/entrance or subject you to additional screening as prescribed by that agency.
Yes, your DL remains valid for all lawful driving purposes.
Yes, your card is still a valid form of identification.
No. There is no change in the fees for new, duplicate, or renewed DLs or ID cards.
Maybe; Federal regulations require that a DL or ID card issued to a person who is a temporary foreign national has an expiration date that coincides with the expiration of valid legal status obtained from documentation provided. A temporary foreign national may renew the DL or ID card, upon proof of continued lawful status.
Yes. The Vermont DMV will be producing REAL ID marked versions of all cards.
Yes, if it was issued in a Real ID compliant state. A Driver's license or identification card issued in compliance with the standards established by Real ID (cannot be expired more than one year) is accepted as proof of identity.
You should always bring your out-of-state or Vermont DL or ID card to the driver’s license issuance site when you appear for issuance, as you are required to surrender all other DLs or IDs when you obtain an Vermont DL or ID.
If your name is different than the one shown on your birth certificate or other document used to establish identity and date of birth, you must provide certified copies of the legal documents that connect the name on the document used to establish identity and date of birth to your current name. The following documents are acceptable.
Court-ordered name change. This includes:
- Orders under petition for name change.
- Orders for name change in a divorce decree or decree of annulment.
- Orders for name change in a decree of adoption.
The court order must contain your prior full legal name, your court-ordered full legal name and your date of birth. It must be a certified copy and have the stamp or raised seal of the issuing court.
- Marriage certificate. The marriage certificate must be issued by a state office of vital statistics or equivalent agency in the state or country where you were married, and must be a certified copy with a stamp or raised seal of the issuing authority. A church, chapel or similarly issued certificate is not acceptable.
In all cases, the documents must connect the name shown on your birth certificate or other document used to establish identity and date of birth to your current name. You do not have to document a complete listing of all the names you may have previously used, as long as the documents you provide clearly connect the two.
Minors (persons under 18 years old) are eligible to obtain REAL ID marked DLs and IDs, and like all new applicants, minors that are successful new applicants will be issued a DL or ID card with the REAL ID marking. Minors that are current DL or ID card holders have the same choice as existing card holders and can obtain a compliant card by following the same process.
Minors that are new applicants or that are upgrading an existing permit to a junior license must also present:
- Residency Certificate (form VL-002) and one (1) parent residency document from above.
- Parent/Guardian evidence of relationship to applicant.
I do not have a Social Security card, W-2 or tax document to demonstrate a valid Social Security number. What should I do?
Visit a federal Social Security Administration office to obtain a card. More information is available on the SSA’s website: www.ssa.gov.
If you were born in Vermont,
New records - Last five (5) years
Order from the Department of Health
Vital Records Office
Older records - More than five (5) years
Order from the Vermont State Archives and Records
Contact State Archives
If you were born outside of Vermont,
Contact your birth state’s vital statistics office or utilize one of several for-profit companies to purchase it. For information on where to write for vital records in other states, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website: www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w.htm.
Once I obtain a REAL ID marked card, do I have to submit these documents again when it is time for renewal?
If I have temporary lawful status in the United States, will the DL or ID card issued to me be different?
Your card will read “limited term” and the expiration date will coincide with the expiration of valid legal status obtained from documentation provided. If your lawful stay has no defined end or expiration date, you will have the option of choosing a two or four year card.
No. The DL or ID card remains fully valid for all purposes normally associated with a DL or ID card in the form issued.
A DL or ID card marked “limited term” merely signifies that it is issued to a person who is a foreign national with temporary lawful status in the United States and has a shorter term than a regular DL or ID card.
I have had a DL or ID card in Vermont for many years. Why do I have to show documentation to obtain a REAL ID marked card?
Federal regulations require all persons obtaining a REAL ID marked card to have their identity, date of birth, Social Security number, residential address, and lawful status re-verified before being issued the card.
I have heard that REAL ID marked DL and ID cards have an electronic chip in them that allows my movements to be tracked. Is this true?
No. There is no electronic chip or other electronic device in Vermont’s standard DL or ID cards, whether marked as REAL ID compliant or not.
Vermont offers an Enhanced DL (EDL) that includes passive vicinity radio frequency identification embedded in the card that meets federal requirements and facilitates rapid identification checks at the border. However, that technology is not required by the REAL ID and is only used in the Enhanced cards issued by Vermont.
Vermont’s DLs and ID cards do have the required bar code printed on the back; that code requires manual scanning and only conveys the information appearing on the face of the DL or ID card, without the photo.
Maybe; the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) requires U.S. and Canadian travelers to present a passport or other document that denotes identity and citizenship when entering the U.S. It is a result of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (IRTPA).
The Vermont Enhanced Driver's License (EDL) is a driver’s license that can also be used as a cross-border travel document to enter the U.S. by land and sea. It denotes both identity and citizenship, per (WHTI). The Vermont EDL is a Real ID card and also a cross-border travel document for entering the U.S. by land and sea. However, not every Vermont Real ID card is also an EDL.
Only Vermont Licenses marked as “Enhanced” may be used for cross-border travel.