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Real ID required by October 1, 2020

Posted: Friday, February 23, 2018

A Real ID-compliant driver’s license, permit or identification card will be required to board commercial airplanes, travel by Amtrak trains or enter certain federal facilities as of October 1, 2020. What does this mean for those renewing these types of identification?

Documentation is being requested now for those renewing identification documents, and this means when someone renews at the local license branch, certain documents are required to receive a compliant driver’s license, permit or identification card. These documents are listed at, by calling (888) 692-6841 or by visiting the local license branch.

Drivers will receive a gold star on their new compliant driver’s license when renewing with the compliant documentation. An example of this includes bringing an unexpired U.S. Passport or U.S. Passport Card or original or certified copy of a birth certificate filed with a U.S. state or territory office of vital statistics or equivalent agency in your state of birth to the license branch when renewing. Other documents are also listed for this identification process.

There are also documents listed under Lawful Status which not everyone renewing will need. A current Social Security card, W-2, SSA-1099 Form or pay stub containing the applicant’s name and Social Security number will be needed to verify an applicant’s Social Security number. This number must match the information that the Social Security Administration has in its records. Other circumstances may apply to this area.

Indiana (or the current state an applicant is residing in) residency must be verified by presenting two original documents with the applicants name and Indiana residential address to establish Indiana residency. Documents must contain a residential address and a post office box will not be accepted. These documents can include first-class mail and a variety of other identifying documents listed on the available form.

If an applicant’s name has been legally changed and now differs from identifying documents, the proof of the name change must be provided in order to obtain a Real ID. Acceptable documents supporting a legal name change include a marriage license, divorce decree or court order. In all cases, the documents must show a clear trail of name changes from the name on the identity document to the current name.

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