RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) — In less than a year, Virginians will need to make sure they have REAL ID compliant state-issued driver’s license or identification card.

“Summer is the perfect time for Virginia residents to get a REAL ID compliant driver’s license or
identification card because beginning next May, every air traveler 18 years of age and older will
need a REAL ID compliant credential or another acceptable form of ID to fly within the United
States,” said Federal Security Director Burke.

The REAL ID will need to be on your driver’s license or identification card by May 3, 2023, if you are planning to board a domestic flight. According to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), it can also be used to enter many secure federal facilities.

“We are very proud of the hard work our customer service team has dedicated to inform as
many Virginians as possible about the benefits of REAL ID,” said Acting DMV Commissioner Linda Ford.
“We’ve served millions of customers, but we estimate there may be tens of thousands out there
who have waited to apply. For these customers, please visit our website, determine if you need
a REAL ID, and, if you do, plan your visit over the next several months to avoid a last-minute trip
in 2023.”

If you aren’t sure if you have a REAL ID here are some helpful tips:

  • If you need a REAL ID: See which full list of acceptable forms of ID on the DMV website.
  • Avoid the rush: Schedule your REAL ID appointment several months ahead to avoid crowds.
  • Complete your Application Online: Must visit DMV in person, but you can complete the application online up to 30 days prior to your visit.
  • Gather the Correct Documents: Visit the DMV website to see which documents are necessary.