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​​​​About ​​REAL ID

real ID with red arrow pointing to starIf you plan to fly within the U.S., visit​ a military base or other federal buildings, the Department of Homeland Security will require identification that is REAL ID compliant (or show another acceptable form of identification, such as a passport) beginning May 7, 2025, the new deadline for this Federal Requirement. Wisconsin DMV issues REAL ID compliant products (marked w​ith a ​µ) in accordance with the federal REAL ID Act of 2005. If you aren't sure if you have a Real ID, you can check now​.​

​​What it means for you​

  • Wisconsin offers both REAL ID-compliant and non-compliant driver licenses and ID cards. The cards look similar; REAL ID-compliant are marked with a µ​, while non-compliant cards are marked “NOT FOR FEDERAL PURPOSES.”
  • Upgrade to a REAL ID-compliant card for no additional fee when you renew.
  • If your current driver license or ID will not expire before 2025, and you wish to obtain a REAL ID-compliant card, the cost of a duplicate card will apply.
  • A valid U.S. passport or​ other acceptable form of federal identification can be used in place of a REAL ID-complian​t driver license or ID card to fly within the United States. View list of Transportation Safety Administration approved documents.
  • A REAL ID-compliant card can be used to board a plane for domestic flights or enter a federal facility. A passport is needed for international travel. ​

 Hear more about the new REAL ID requirement and how to get one in this Countdown to REAL ID podcast.

What should I bring to DMV to get a REAL ID?

To obtain a REAL ID-compliant driver license or ID card, you must present additional documentation when you apply. Original document or certified copy (not a photocopy, fax or scan) from each category is required. Some documents may be used for more than one category, whereas some will only satisfy the requirements of a single category. The document categories include:

Use DMV’s interactive driver licensing guide to receive a personalized checklist of the required documents you will need to bring. It also allows you to pre-fill any required application(s), print and bring with you or submit electronically (if eligible). You may also be able to schedule an appointment for the DMV for faster service.

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