There are big changes in the air for 2020 for anyone planning to travel by airplane, and they all involve a REAL ID.

In 2005, Congress set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver’s licenses. As a result, on October 1, 2020, all Americans will need a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or another accepted form of identification to go through airport security or enter secure federal buildings.

To avoid having to bring a passport to the airport after October 1, 2020, travelers will need a REAL ID to fly anywhere within the United States. Need to know more about what this change could mean for you? Keep reading to learn more.


How can I tell if my Nevada Driver’s License or ID Card is a REAL ID?

Check your card! If it has a gold star in the upper right corner, you’re good to go!

When should I get it?

If you can wait until the next time you need to visit the DMV to get your REAL ID, then you can upgrade at the same time as any other DMV transaction, such as a name change, address change, or even a vehicle registration. If not, you can upgrade at any time. The DMV encourages everyone to come in as soon as possible to avoid a potential rush as October 1 approaches. You can also renew your license or ID at the same time.

How do I get it?

After you schedule an appointment to get your REAL ID, make sure you have the correct documents. You’ll need to present proof of identity, name change(s), your Social Security number, and two residency documents. These are generally the same documents you used to obtain your Nevada license or ID the first time. You must show them again, plus two documents that prove your Nevada residential address.

How much does it cost?

The fee for a REAL ID only is $9.25 for a driver’s license, $8.25 for an ID card, or $13.25 for a commercial license. Other driver licenses/ID changes of information, such as an address change or name change, may be included with no additional fee. There is no additional charge for a REAL ID if you are completing other license/ID transactions, such as a renewal or adding an endorsement.

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