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REAL ID Frequently Asked Questions

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Real ID is here. Are you ready? View our list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about REAL ID below. For additional concerns please call our Customer Service Center at 410-768-7000.​​

What is REAL ID?

 

The REAL ID Act is a federal law passed by Congress after Sept. 11, 2001, that establishes specific minimum federal standards for state-issued driver's licenses and ID cards to be accepted for certain federal purposes, like entering a federal building or boarding a domestic commercial flight. Enforcement of the REAL ID Act at the card level begins on October 1, 2021. Maryland has been Real ID compliant since 2011.​

I’ve received notice from MDOT MVA that my driver’s license or identification card is in danger of being recalled – what should I do?

 

To avoid a recall of your driver’s license or identification card, visit our REAL ID document guide to collect your required REAL ID documentation and make an appointment at an MDOT MVA branch as soon as possible.​

My driver’s license or identification card has been recalled – what does that mean?

 

MDOT MVA has proactively contacted customers over a six-month period, with five notices in advance of their federal REAL ID enrollment date to remind them about presenting documents to satisfy federal REAL ID requirements, prior to sending a recall notice. The recall of a driver’s license will make the physical card invalid. Customers would still be licensed drivers, but if pulled over by law enforcement they would have their driver’s licenses confiscated. To remove the recall status from your license visit our REAL ID document guide to collect your required REAL ID documentation and make an appointment to be seen at an MDOT MVA branch as soon as possible.​

I have a blue crab license with an expiration date BEFORE October 1, 2021 – what do I need to do for REAL ID?

 

​Customers with driver’s license or identification cards that expire before October 1, 2021 are eligible to renew and become REAL ID compliant up to six months prior to the expiration date on the card. MDOT MVA will contact you to remind you it’s time to renew six months in advance of your expiration date.​

I have a blue crab license with an expiration date AFTER October 1, 2021 – what do I need to do for REAL ID?

 

​Customers with driver’s license or identification cards that expire after October 1, 2021 have the option to wait until the expiration date on the card OR upgrade to a REAL ID. Please keep in mind that after October 1, 2021, a REAL ID will be necessary to fly domestically or visit a federal facility. There is a $20 fee to upgrade.  ​

I am a frequent flyer and/or visitor to federal facilities – is REAL ID right for me?

 

​Eventually, all Maryland customers will need to upgrade to the federal REAL ID. Right now, some customers carrying the “blue crab” driver’s license or identification card will not expire until after October 1, 2021. If you are one of these customers and you fly domestically or visit federal facilities, consider upgrading to a REAL ID for a $20 fee or you will need to bring additional documentation. Visit the Department of Homeland Security to see alternative accepted documents: https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/identification​​

How do I make an appointment for REAL ID?

 

In order to make an appointment for federal REAL ID, go to the REAL ID Document Guide. The guide will help to identify the correct documents to satisfy REAL ID requirements, print a checklist for the customer, and prompt you to make an appointment at an MDOT MVA branch. We’ve extended hours and added staff that can accommodate more than 3,000 appointments daily statewide. If you have an appointment you are guaranteed to be seen within 15 minutes of that scheduled time.​

Do I have to pay for a REAL ID?

 

If you already have the new REAL ID driver’s license or identification card with the star and only need to submit documents, you will not have to pay. If you have the older style Maryland driver’s license or identification card you will pay a $20 fee for a duplicate driver’s license. There are no additional fees when renewing your driver’s license to obtain a REAL ID, just the standard renewal cost.​

What is a REAL ID enrollment date?

 

Your REAL ID enrollment date is the deadline for you to bring required documents to an MDOT MVA to satisfy REAL ID requirements, if you have the driver’s license or identification card with the star and no documents on file with MDOT MVA. If you do not provide your documents in person by this date, your license will be recalled. MDOT MVA is in the process of notifying all customers who have a driver’s license or identification card with the star and no documents on file but you can check your REAL ID status at any time by going to www.mva.maryland.gov/realidlookup.​

My Maryland issued driver’s license already has a star in the upper-right hand corner – Am I REAL ID compliant?

 

It depends. Marylanders who received a new license or ID card with the “star” symbol – but did not file required documents – need to bring those documents to the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA) to complete the process. To check your status visit: www.mva.maryland.gov/realidlookup

What if I’m overseas in the military and can’t meet my REAL ID enrollment deadline?

 

Email our Customer Service Center at MVAAFS@mdot.maryland.gov. We realize Maryland is an area that has many people serving overseas in the military, and we will work with you to determine how to satisfy this requirement.​​

What happens if my license is recalled?

 

The recall of a driver’s license makes the physical card invalid. You’re still a licensed driver, but if you get pulled over by law enforcement the actual license will be confiscated. If you are subsequently pulled over by law enforcement you could also face fines for driving without a valid license. Also, the license won’t be valid for the main purpose of REAL ID: boarding an airplane or accessing federal facilities after October 2021.​

What if I moved and have not received the REAL ID notices?

 

If you have provided us with your email address, you will receive notices by both email and mail. If you have any doubt about whether the June recall applies to you, go to the MVA’s REAL ID Look Up Tool, at www.mva.maryland.gov/realidlookup, enter your driver’s license or ID card number, and the tool will immediately tell you the REAL ID status. For those facing the June recall deadline, it will say: “You are required to present documents in order to meet federal REAL ID Act requirements. Please bring your documents to a MDOT MVA branch office by MM/DD/YYYY. Failure to respond may result in action against your Maryland Driver's License or ID card.​

I’ve received a letter from MDOT MVA indicating: REAL ID Enrollment: Documents Needed – what should I do?

 

To avoid a recall of your driver’s license or identification card, visit our REAL ID document guide to collect your required REAL ID documentation and make an appointment at an MDOT MVA branch as soon as possible.​

I’ve received a letter from MDOT MVA indicating: REAL ID ACT: 15 Day Notice of RECALL for Driver’s License or ID - what should I do?

 

To avoid a recall of your driver’s license or identification card, visit our REAL ID document guide to collect your required REAL ID documentation and make an appointment at an MDOT MVA branch as soon as possible.​

I’ve received a letter from MDOT MVA indicating: REAL ID ACT: Notice of Driver’s License or ID RECALL – what should I do?

 

To take the “recall status” off of your driver’s license or identification card, visit our REAL ID document guide to collect your required REAL ID documentation and make an appointment at an MDOT MVA branch as soon as possible. ​

When do I need to get a REAL ID?

 

Beginning October 1, 2021, Marylanders will need a REAL ID-compliant license, identification card or an acceptable alternative identification as approved by TSA  to board domestic commercial flights or enter a federal facility without a secondary form of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) approved identification. ​

I’m 65 (or older) and having trouble providing my required Real ID documents- what can I do?

 

If you are over 65 and unable to use/provide a Birth Certificate, the following document exceptions can be used to prove age and identity for Real ID: 

  • An original or certified copy of a military discharge document (DD214) displaying your full name and date of birth; 
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  • Social Security Administration Benefits Summary displaying your full name and date of birth,
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    AND 


  • ONE of the following documents:
    • U.S. Hospital Birth Certificate displaying name and date of birth; or,
    • U.S. Baptismal Certificate displaying name and date of birth; or,
    • U.S. Census Record of birth displaying name and date of birth; or,
    • U.S. veteran ID card with name. 
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Can I board a plane with the license I have now?

 

Yes. Maryland has been Real ID compliant since 2011 and current Maryland driver's licenses and identification cards will remain acceptable identification for boarding domestic commercial flights until October 1, 2021. ​

I just renewed my license and got the newly-designed version. Is this a REAL ID?

 

Even if you have the newly-designed driver’s license or identification card, you may need to submit additional documents in order to be REAL ID compliant – visit our Real ID Lookup Tool to determine your Real ID status. ​

What documents do I need to make my driver’s license or identification card Real ID compliant?

 

To make your driver’s license or identification card Real ID complaint, typical required documents include:

  • Proof of age and identity, such as an original U.S. birth certificate or U.S. passport
  • A Social Security Card, W-2 form (not more than 18 months old), or SSA-1099 form (not more than 18 months old)
  • Two proofs of Maryland physical address, such as vehicle registration, insurance card, bank statement, credit card or utility bill or mail from a federal, state or local government agency.

For more information on accepted documents and to create a checklist prior to your visit, check out our online document guide and make an appointment.  We guaranteed you will be seen within 15 minutes of your appointment.

Please note: Photocopies, digital scans, or photos of documents do not meet federal requirements and will not be accepted.

How do I know what documents are acceptable for Real ID?

 

To determine if your driver’s license or identification card is Real ID compliant, visit the MDOT MVA online document guide. The online document guide will assist you in building a checklist of the documents needed for renewal and will allow you to make an appointment to make your visit as convenient as possible.​

What happens if I come to the MDOT MVA branch without my documents? Can I still renew?

 

If you do not bring the required documents to the MDOT MVA branch, we cannot process your Driver’s license or ID card renewal. ​

What if I don’t have the needed documentation to certify my Real ID application?

 

You will need to request new documents from the appropriate agencies. Many of these documents can be ordered online. However please consider that you may have to apply in person and wait to receive official documents in the postal mail.​

Can I complete my Real ID driver’s license or identification card application online?

 

If the Real ID Lookup Guide indicates that you need to provide documents to MDOT MVA to renew your driver’s license or identification card, you must visit an MDOT MVA branch in person. Real ID security requirements require that you bring in documents to be reviewed and scanned in person. ​

What if my name on my driver’s license or ID card doesn’t match my documents?

 

Please visit the Online Document Guide to learn about accepted documents.  

  • If the name on your birth certificate is different than the name on your other documents, you will need to show the name change documentation [e.g., marriage certificate(s), divorce decree(s), court order(s)] that provide your entire name change history.
  • If the name on your Social Security Card is different, you will need to get an updated card by visiting https://www.ssa.gov/ssnumber/.
  • If the name on your U.S. passport is different, you will need to get an updated passport by visiting https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports/services/correction.html
  • Your proof of residency documents must have the name and the address MDOT MVA has on file for you to meet the federal requirements.