Want to Fly This Time Next Year? Get a REAL ID Now

Want to Fly This Time Next Year? Get a REAL ID Now

Beginning in October of next year fliers won’t be able to use a driver’s license to fly on an airline unless it meets REAL ID requirements.
As the deadline nears it’s apparent that many people don’t know about REAL ID. And they don’t realize that they’ll need one to board an airline flight.

The Springfield airport held a press conference on Tuesday to help the flying public learn about the ins and outs of REAL ID.

“As many as one million passengers a day across the country may not have a REAL ID compliant driver’s license starting on October 1, 2020,” says Chuck Kirkland, assistant federal security director, with the Transportation Security Administration.



Missourians have a choice in applying for a Real ID driver’s license or maintaining their standard driver’s license. Missouri began issuing Real ID-compliant licenses in March.

“Missouri residents are really becoming aware of Real ID and how it may impact their lives in the near future,” says Ken Zellers, acting director of the Missouri Department of Revenue. “However, we also know there are many Missourians who will be looking to get their Real ID-compliant driver’s license or ID card in the next 11 months. To those individuals, we urge you not to wait until right before the October 1, 2020 date to do so.”

To determine if a Missouri driver’s license is REAL ID-compliant, look for a small star inside a gold circle in the upper right-hand corner. The presence of the icon will indicate that the driver’s license is REAL ID-compliant.

Missouri residents need the following documents to apply for a REAL ID compliant driver’s license:

  • Identity (one acceptable document to verify full legal name and date of birth);
  • Lawful Status in the United States (one acceptable document to verify United States citizenship or immigration status);
  • Social Security Number (one acceptable document);
  • Missouri Residency (two acceptable documents verifying the applicant’s Missouri residential address);
  • Additional items may be required if the applicant’s name is different from the name on their identity and date of birth verification document.

Missouri residents can get the latest REAL ID information through the Department of Revenue’s website.

Arkansas residents can find information here.

Most Americans don’t have them, but there are other kinds of identification that can be used in place of a READ-ID compliant driver’s license.

Other kinds of acceptable ID include, but are not limited to:

  • A state ID card which meets Real ID requirement
  • U.S. passport
  • U.S. passport card
  • Department of Homeland Security trusted traveler card (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST)
  • U.S. military ID
  • Permanent resident card
  • Border crossing card
  • Department of Homeland Security designated enhanced driver’s license
  • Federally recognized tribal-issued photo ID
  • Foreign government-issued passport
  • Canadian provincial driver’s license or Indian and Northern Affairs Canada card
  • Transportation worker identification credential (TWIC)
  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Employment Authorization Card (I-766)

The Transportation Security Administration maintains a full list of acceptable forms of REAL ID-compliant identification on its website.

More information and frequently asked questions on REAL ID can be found here.