Are you ready for Real ID?

New security standards established by the Department of Homeland Security will be changing the way passengers fly domestically.  Beginning May 7, 2025, passengers will need to carry a new acceptable form of identification to fly within the United States. One of these accepted forms of identification is the REAL ID. Refer to our tips below to help you decide if you need a REAL ID.

  1. What is REAL ID?

Real ID is a form of identification necessary for anyone who does not have a valid U.S. passport or passport card, and who flies domestically, and/or visits military bases, and/or visits secure federal facilities.

  1. Do I need REAL ID to board an airplane if I have a valid passport?

No.  However, if you do not have a REAL ID, be prepared to bring your passport with you for both domestic and international flights starting May 7, 2025.

  1. How do I know if I have a Real ID?

A REAL ID in Connecticut is indicated with a gold star in the top-right corner of your license or ID.  Generally, a star indicates a REAL ID.  Refer to your state’s driver’s license agency if you are unsure if you have a REAL ID.

  1. When do I need to start using a REAL ID?

Starting May 7, 2025, passengers will need a REAL ID, or another acceptable form of ID, such as a valid passport or U.S. military ID, to fly within the United States.

  1. How can I get a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license?

Your state’s driver’s license agency can provide you with information for obtaining a REAL ID-compliant license.

For more information about flying with a REAL ID, visit or CT DMV REAL ID


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