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REAL ID Is Coming Soon To Massachusetts

Nov 02, 2017 02:50AM ● By Bill Gilman

Real ID

(Editor's note: The following information was submitted by the Massachusetts RMV)

You may have recently heard about REAL ID. Wondering what it means for Massachusetts residents? Here is some helpful information on what you need to know:

What Is REAL ID?

A new type of credential that the RMV will begin to issue on March 26, 2018. REAL ID comes from the REAL ID Act of 2005, which sets security standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and ID cards.

Do I need REAL ID?

By October of 2020, you will need it to:

  • Board a plane in the US, or
  • Enter a federal building

If you have a valid passport, you could use that and never need a REAL ID.

Should I get a REAL ID right now?

You don’t need a REAL ID until October of 2020 so just wait and apply for it when your license/ID is due for renewal.

Do I need it?

Review your options by answering some questions on our REAL ID wizard. It’s so easy and takes less than a minute. We will not collect any information.

As a reminder: You do not need a REAL ID until October 2020, but you may apply for one after March 26, 2018.

Find out more information and all your options by walking through the REAL ID wizard tool at Mass.Gov/RealID.

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