Travelers will need Real ID for domestic flights

Starting October 1, 2020, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will require travelers 18 and older to present a driver’s license that is considered Real ID–compliant when passing through airport security. 

If you don’t have a compliant ID by that date, you will have to show another acceptable form of ID to fly within the United States, such as a passport, permanent resident card, or Department of Homeland Security trusted traveler program card, such as Global Entry or Nexus. 

Travelers who are unable to verify their identity will not be permitted to enter the TSA checkpoint and will not be allowed to fly.

A Real ID is a driver’s license or identification card that meets certain minimum-security standards established by the Real ID Act in 2005 based on a recommendation made by the 9/11 Commission following the September 11, 2001, attacks. 

Each state handles the issuance of driver’s licenses and identification cards independently, and each state had to individually apply to have its standards for processing Real IDs approved by the federal government. 

Thus, the standards vary slightly from state to state. But typically, the main difference in applying for and getting a Real ID–compliant license versus a noncompliant one is in documentation the applicant needs to provide.

In Nevada, you need to present proof of identity, proof of Social Security number and two residency documents in person at a Department of Motor Vehicle office. You cannot obtain a Real ID card online or by mail.

According to TSA, compliant cards are typically marked with a star (either gold or black) in the upper portion of the card (see below). Compliant Nevada IDs are marked with a gold circle and star cutout in the upper right corner. The agency recommends that people who aren’t sure whether they have a compliant ID contact their state driver’s license agency about how to obtain a compliant card. Non-compliant cards issued by Nevada are marked “NOT FOR FEDERAL OFFICIAL USE.”

All existing Nevada cards will continue to be accepted until expiration or October 1, 2020, whichever is sooner, according to the Nevada DMV website.


Nevada DMV proof of identity documents

You must present all of the following:

• Proof of Identity (one document) AND

• If you have changed your name, Proof of All Name Change(s) AND

• Proof of Social Security number AND

• Proof of your Nevada residential address (two documents) AND

• An application for Driving Privileges or ID Card (DMV 002):

For all applicants

• Valid Real ID driver’s license, instruction permit, or identification card from another state

• A license or ID that does not meet Real ID requirements is not accepted. A Real ID card marked “Limited Term” is not accepted; immigration documents must be shown.

• Valid, unexpired United States Passport or United States Passport Card

• Valid Enhanced Driver’s License from a U.S. state

For applicants born in the U.S.

• U.S. state-issued birth certificate (original or certified copy)

For applicants born outside the U.S.

• Consular Report of Birth Abroad

• Certificate of Naturalization 

• Certificate of Citizenship 

• Permanent Resident Card  

• Valid, unexpired foreign passport with an I-94 stamped “Processed for I-551”

• Unexpired Employment Authorization Card 

• Valid, unexpired Foreign Passport with an unexpired U.S. Visa and an I-94 form 

For more information visit the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles at www.