REAL ID

REAL ID

The United States Congress passed the REAL ID Act of 2005 as a result of the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation to standardize government-issued identifications, like driver’s licenses. This is a federal law that affects federal agencies, federal buildings, and military bases. If you live in a non-compliant state, your state-issued license or ID will not be accepted to enter certain federal facilities in the future. At this time, SC law does not allow the state’s compliance with REAL ID.

 

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) granted an extension for SC to comply with the law in January of 2017. This means your valid license or ID can be used as your identification to enter federal facilities or military bases until June 6, 2017, unless DHS grants the state another extension. Your valid license or ID can be used as your identification to board a commercial flight until January 22, 2018, unless DHS grants the state another extension.

 

If the state is not granted another extension, you will need a valid passport, military ID, or another DHS-approved identification to enter federal facilities or military bases on June 6, 2017. You will need a valid passport, military ID, or another DHS-approved identification to board a commercial flight, even domestically, on January 22, 2018.

 

It is important to remember you will never need a REAL ID-compliant license or ID to drive, vote, apply for or receive federal benefits that you’re entitled to (Veterans Affairs, Social Security Administration, etc.), enter a federal facility that does not require ID (i.e. a post office), access a hospital or receive life preserving services, or participate in law enforcement proceedings or investigations (serve on a federal jury, testify in federal court, etc.).

 

The SCDMV will continuously release information regarding the status of REAL ID as it’s confirmed. Follow the agency on Twitter and Facebook. You may email any questions to REALID@scdmv.net. The SCDMV will use your questions for guidance on what needs to be addressed in the future. In the meantime, visit DHS’s website.

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