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Are you Real I.D. Ready

In this article we will discuss the origination, application and the implementation of The REAL ID Act, which was passed by Congress in 2005

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The REAL ID Act was passed by Congress in 2005


The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States was born

In response to the September eleventh terrorist attack on the twin towers in New York City, a nine eleven commission was formed called the The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States, on November 27, 2002. Their main goal was to prepare a full and complete account of the circumstances surrounding the September 11 attacks, Including the preparedness and immediate response. The REAL ID Act, which was passed by Congress in 2005, enacted the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation that the Federal Government should set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, including driver's licenses. The Act established minimum security standards for license issuance and production and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting such identifications from states not meeting the Act’s minimum standards. It’s main focus as part of the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense, the Global War on Terror, and the Tsunami Relief Act, law  sets identification standards for state driver's licenses  used as identification for boarding an aircraft, entering a federal building where identification is required or entering a nuclear power plant.

Restrictions on flying


Restrictions on federally operated facilities

The Real ID Act is intended to combat terrorism, identity theft, and other crimes by strengthening the integrity and security of state-issued identification. The Act calls on states to implement a set of minimum national standards in several areas:

 So if you plan on entering any federal facility to conduct official business or are currently employed by the federal government, for job security purposes I highly recommend that you don’t procrastinate or delay because if by the specified deadline of October first 2020, not only must all states  issue Real ID-compliant licenses or IDs, but individuals must also have visited their state’s driver’s licensing agency and obtained a REAL ID compliant card, or acceptable alternative such as a U.S. passport, if they wish to fly on commercial aircrafts or

  • Access Federal facilities
  • Boarding federally regulated commercial aircraft
  • Enter nuclear power plants

Federal agencies, including the Department Of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration, may only accept state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards as identification, for purposes of accessing federal facilities, including TSA airport security checkpoints.  The license or card must be issued by a REAL ID compliant state in accordance with the REAL ID security standards, indicated by the REAL ID compliant star marking.  Licenses such as enhanced driver’s licenses (EDL) issued by Washington, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, and Vermont are considered to be acceptable alternatives to REAL ID-compliant cards and will be accepted for official REAL ID purposes.  Most EDLs do not contain the star marking.


How to apply as a Nevada Resident

 Currently, the Department of Homeland Security is and will continue to work closely with all states and territories, to provide assistance and guidance to achieve full compliance by the October 1, 2020 deadline.  As of September 5, 2019, 50 states and territories are considered to be in full compliance with the REAL ID requirements, and all states are on track to begin issuing compliant licenses and IDs by the October 1, 2020 deadline. Even though it is highly advisable to visit your state’s driver’s licensing agency’s website to find out exactly what documentation is required to obtain a REAL ID, At a minimum, you must provide documentation showing

  1.  Full Legal Name
  2.  Date of Birth
  3.  Social Security Number
  4.   Two Proofs of Address of Principal Residence and lawful status.

In Nevada You must apply in person and present proof of identity, name change(s), your Social Security number and two residency documents one time only.  Generally the same documents used to obtain your Nevada license or ID the first time, must be shown again, plus two other documents indicating your Nevada residential address. There are also fees associated.

  • Real ID only (Change of Information) is $9.25 for a driver license
  • ID card $8.25
  •  Commercial license $13.25

 Other driver license/ID changes of information, such as an address change or name change, may be included with no additional fee. There is also no additional charge for a Real ID if you are completing other license/ID transactions such as a renewal or adding an endorsement. The Change of Information fees listed above will apply if you are completing a vehicle registration or other transaction and the Real ID is the only change to your license or ID card.


Department Of Motor Vehicles. (2020, January 1). Nevada Real ID. Retrieved March 23, 2020, from Department Of Motor Vehicles:

Official website of the Department of Homeland Security. (2020, January 1). Frequently asked questions. Retrieved March 23, 2020, from Homeland Security:

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