REAL ID goes into effect on May 7, 2025
Beginning May 7, 2025, every air traveler 18 years of age and older will need a REAL ID compliant Driver’s License or Identification card, or another TSA-acceptable form of identification, for domestic air travel and to enter certain federal facilities.
Do I have a choice of Driver's License types?
Yes! You can choose between a Driver’s Privilege Card (DPC) or a REAL ID Driver's License.
The cost to obtain a REAL ID or DPC is the same. Note: Enhanced Driver's License (EDL) is also REAL ID compliant but does have an additional fee.
You DO NOT NEED a REAL ID if:
- You have a valid U.S. passport or passport card; or
- You do not use airplanes as a mode of domestic transportation; or
- You do not visit military bases; or
- You do not visit secure federal facilities.
You NEED a REAL ID if:
- You do not have a valid U.S. passport or passport card; AND
- You use airplanes as a mode of domestic transportation; or
- You visit military bases; or
- You visit secure federal facilities.
Gather Your Documents
Federal regulations require that DMV must verify original versions or certified copies of identity documents for a customer before issuing a REAL ID:
- Identity and Date of Birth
- Social Security Information
- Vermont Residency and current address
- Lawful Status in the United States
REAL ID-compliant cards are marked with a star at the top of the card. If you’re unsure, look at your license's upper-righthand corner. If your Vermont license has a circle with a star in it in the upper-righthand corner, it is Real ID compliant.
- Beginning May 7, 2025, every air traveler 18 years of age and older will need a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license, state-issued enhanced driver’s license, or another acceptable form of ID to fly within the United States.
TSA information on acceptable identification is available here
TSA FAQs are available here
DHS REAL ID brief page is available here