DMV urges passengers to apply for REAL ID to comply with new 2020 flying rule

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The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport want passengers to prepare for the new changes in identification requirements to travel.

A REAL ID will appear just like another state-issued ID but with an added star at the top right corner of the ID.

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport want passengers to prepare for the new changes in identification requirements to travel.

Beginning October 1, 2020, travelers seeking to board a domestic flight with a state-issued identification will be required to present a REAL ID or another federally accepted Real ID-compliant version.

A REAL ID will appear just like another state-issued ID but with an added star at the top right corner of the ID.

The star indicates that your identification card meets the new federal regulations ‘to board a flight or to access secure federal facilities, including military bases and some federal offices.’

The Real ID acts as a universal identification that will allow ID holders to board a domestic flight or enter a secure federal facility.

A state-issued ID can only be upgraded to a REAL ID at a DMV.

At the DMV, you’ll need a present proof of identity — like a passport or birth certificate — proof of social security number and two proofs of residency like a bill.

To learn about the documents accepted to upgrade a state ID, click here.

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