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.
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.
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.
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.).
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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