What is a real ID drivers license?

Real ID drivers license could soon become mandatory for Louisiana residents.

Posted: May 19, 2021 4:30 PM
Updated: May 20, 2021 12:32 PM

"When real ID comes into effect if I want to get on an airplane and fly to houston texas I'll either need a passport or a real ID drivers license"

If you've been in an airport over the past few months you may have noticed a few signs titled real ID this change will only impact domestic travel in the United States.
So what exactly is real ID Dayne Huval is the owner of southwest safety training and says real ID was created as a result of 9-11.

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"Real ID is about identifying yourself to the federal government for the planes it's a post nine eleven law that came into effect"

The original date of compliance was set for October 1, 2020 but due to the Covid-19 pandemic it has now been pushed back to May 3, of 2023. Many have questioned whether or not there current ID will become invalid and huval says no.

"Now a non ID drivers license is not a fake ID okay a lot of people get that confused it's just not federally complient"

The process of getting a real id is fairly similar to getting a regular driver's license you will be able to take a new picture like normal but you must provide the following documents.

A real ID can be indicated by a gold circle with a star cutout Huval says it is important to know the real id drivers license will not replace your passport.

"The real ID drivers license will not replace the passport the passport is designed for international travel so if I want to get on the airplane and fly to great britain im going to still need a passport."

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