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Real ID requirement less than 2 years out

Indiana residents looking to fly on commercial flights have two years to upgrade to a Real ID-compliant driver’s license. The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles encourages Hoosiers to upgrade soon if they don’t want to carry a passport on domestic flights.
An ID that complies with new federal security standard is indicated by a star in the upper right-hand corner of the driver’s license. Without that star, travelers will not be able to board a flight using an Indiana ID beginning Oct. 1, 2020.
Additionally, access to military bases and other secure federal facilities is currently limited to those with Real ID-compliant licenses, or alternative documentation such as a passport or Common Access Card.
The change will not affect international travel, which will still require a passport.
Requiring a Real ID in order to fly or enter military bases, among other federal facilities, is not unique to Indiana. The stricter ID is part of the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense, the Global War on Terror and Tsunami Relief Act passed by Congress, and signed into law by President George W. Bush, in 2005.
Kentucky lawmakers, who had initially set a 2018 for compliance with the federal law, recently extended its deadline to 2020 to allow residents more time to make the change.
Most Indiana licenses expire every six years, and residents can renew their licenses up to 24 months before they expire.
Those whose driver’s license expires before the Oct. 1, 2020, deadline can renew whenever they had planned to initially, but how they renew it might change.
Christine Meyer, communications director of Indiana’s BMV said they allow residents to renew their licenses online every other time, but getting a Real ID-compliant license for the first time requires you to provide documentation in person.
‘An individual seeking a Real ID-compliant credential for the first time cannot obtain that credential online,’ Meyer said.
Those whose license is scheduled to expire after Oct. 1, 2020, can either wait until the expiration date is within 24 months to renew or pay a $9 fee to amend their license early.
Upgrading to a Real ID-compliant license costs the same as a standard license renewal ‘ $17.50 ‘ but requires more documentation.
Those applying for a Real ID for the first time must take the following to the BMV:
‘ One original document to prove identity (passport, birth certificate, etc.).
‘ Documentation detailing changes to his or her legal name (marriage license, court order, etc.).
‘ One document to prove lawful status in the United States (passport, birth certificate, etc.).
‘ One document to prove Social Security number (Social Security card, W-2 form, etc.)
‘ Two documents to prove Indiana residency (utility bill, credit card statement, doctor or hospital bill issued within 60 days of application, pre-printed pay stub issued within 60 days of application, Indiana voter ID card, U.S. Postal Service change of address confirmation, etc.).
‘Anyone who has changed their name through marriage, adoption or any other court order will need to bring documents showing the legal path for that name change,’ Meyer said.
‘For example, a married woman who took her spouse’s last name will need to bring her certified marriage license to show why her current name does not match her birth certificate.’
U.S. citizens can obtain birth certificates through the health department of the state where they were born and marriage licenses from the county clerk where they were married.
Real ID is not mandatory for Indiana license-holders, so residents can still renew their driver’s licenses without the extra documentations. A person choosing to renew a ‘legacy ID’ without the new features must sign an affidavit to indicate that they are aware of potential restrictions to flying and federal facilities.
Meyer said if someone doesn’t have the documentation required for a Real ID, they should call the BMV at 1-888-692-6841 for help identifying alternative documents or directions to official channels to obtain them.