Hoosiers renewing or updating their driver’s licenses or identification cards are encouraged to upgrade to a Real ID.

The Real ID is a product of the Real ID Act passed by Congress in 2005. After the attacks on 9/11, the law was created to set security standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and ID cards. Indiana was an early adopter of these security standards and was the first state to become fully compliant with the law.

Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, a Real-ID compliant credential will be required to fly commercially in the United States, as well as to access military bases and other secure federal facilities. Alternative documentation, such as a passport or Common Access Card, will also be accepted. This law applies to all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and all U.S. territories.

Everyone applying for a new Indiana driver’s license, learner’s permit or state identification card are required to obtain a Real ID-compliant credential. However, those who already have an Indiana credential may opt out of a Real ID.

You can apply for a Real ID by visiting any BMV branch. When applying, you must have required documents with you to establish your identity, lawful status, social security number and Indiana residency, such as a birth certificate or passport. If your name has been legally changed and differs from your identity document, proof of the name change must be provided in order to obtain a Real ID. Acceptable documents to show a legal name change include a marriage license, divorce decree or court order.

Click here for a documentation checklist to ensure you bring all you need to the BMV when upgrading to a Real ID.

Visit RealID.in.gov to learn more.