Real ID

Does a Driver's License or ID card marked “limited term” have different or lesser privileges?

No. The Driver's License or ID card remains fully valid for all purposes normally associated with a Driver's License or ID card in the form issued.

A Driver's License 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 Driver's License or ID card.

Can I use my Real ID DL/ID to cross the borders from Canada or Mexico?

Maybe; 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.

Real ID Checklist

06 October 2016
To view a complete listing of required documents to obtain a REAL ID license or non-driver ID card which will also serve for Federal ID.

Real ID

A Real ID license may be used for driving purposes and identification. Real ID, in general terms, refers to new federal legislation intended to deter terrorism by implementing several new homeland security regulations. The rules establish the minimum standards, procedures and requirements that must be met if a state issued driver's license or identification card is to be accepted by the Federal government for official purposes.

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