Only 40 Percent Of Wisconsin Drivers Have REAL ID

Dec 24, 2019

Credit U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security

This will be one of the last major holiday travel times before a change in identification for air travelers takes effect.

When enforcement of the REAL ID Act begins next fall, the regular Wisconsin driver license or ID will no longer be accepted identification for domestic air travel or to enter a federal building or military base. Travelers will need to present a REAL ID-compliant driver license or state ID card or another acceptable form of identification such as a passport.

Division of Motor Vehicles Administrator Kristina Boardman...

"..Wisconsin has been issuing REALID compliant licenses and ID cards since January, 2013. As of this date, we have about 40 percent of cardholders in Wisconsin have a REALID. We want to make sure people know that October 1, 2020, if you're used to using your driver's license or ID card to get through security at the airport it's going to need to have the star for the REALID designation to get through the checkpoints..."

Next year is also an election year. While Wisconsin requires an ID to vote, it does not need to be a REAL ID. Regular driver licenses or IDs may be used. Check with local government clerks or the state Elections Commission for more information.

Wisconsin DMV has more information on REAL ID, including what documents are required, costs, and a Driver Licensing Guide which helps customers develop a personalized checklist of the required documents needed to bring to the DMV.

More information is at the website wisconsin dmv.gov/REALID

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