Real ID may not be necessary for everyone

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ILLINOIS (WCIA) — The state is switching to Real ID, and you have to get one if you plan to fly domestically after October 1, 2020. After that, a normal driver’s license won’t work at airports.

The Secretary of State’s Office started the rollout for the new form of identification. You can get them at any DMV in the state, and the fee is the same as renewing your driver’s license. The only visual difference between a regular driver’s license and a Real ID is a little gold star in the top right corner. No one is required to make the change.

The process of getting one takes a few minutes longer because more paperwork is required. You need to bring proof of identity, proof of your social security number, two forms proving residency and a written signature. If you’ve changed your name, you must have documentation of that change. 

The Secretary of State has an interactive checklist showing what satisfies those requirements.

For more information, click here

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