STATEWIDE — Do you still need to get your Real ID? You can breathe a sigh of relief because the deadline to be Real ID-compliant has been extended.
The deadline to get a driver’s license with a Real ID designation is now May 3, 2023. The Department of Homeland Security moved the deadline from Oct. 1 because of processing complications caused by COVID-19.
After the deadline, Americans flying domestically will need to show a Real ID card, indicated by a star in the license’s upper right-hand corner, at security checkpoints. Driver’s licenses without the designation will no longer suffice for domestic flights. Children do not need a Real ID for domestic travel.
If you’re planning on traveling internationally, you will still be expected to show your passport, as the Real ID requirement is for domestic travel only.
Real IDs are not mandatory. You can still renew your license without the designation, but you will be asked to sign a form at the BMV acknowledging that you understand the limitations that could arise because of your choice.
To get a Real ID, you will have to provide the following documentation in person at a BMV branch:
- One original document proving identity (US passport, birth certificate, etc.)
- One document proving lawful status (US passport, birth certificate, etc.)
- One document proving Social Security (Social Security card, W-2 form, pay stub with name and SSN)
- Two documents proving Indiana residency (Bank statement, utility bill, voter ID card)
If you have changed your name, date of birth, or gender, you should be prepared to provide documentation such as a marriage license or court order.