How Do I Get A REAL ID?

Step 1

Need a REAL ID? Take a simple quiz to help you decide when to apply.

Gather any forms of identification you may have before you start. The quiz will ask the year your current identification expires. Examples of identification include a passport, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Traveler Card, Permanent Resident Card, or state-issued driver license or identification card. If you do not have any current federal or state identification, you can still take the quiz to find out when to get a REAL ID.

If you find you DO need a REAL ID, there are a few things you can do ahead of time.

Step 2

Fill out the online application

Filling out the online application will save time during your DMV visit.

Step 3

Gather your documents

Use DMV’s interactive REAL ID document checklist to gather all of the documentation you will need to bring to DMV to apply for your REAL ID.

Step 4

Visit a DMV office

DMV anticipates very high demand for REAL IDs between now and 2020. If you would like an appointment, we recommend scheduling one as soon as possible to make sure you apply for your REAL ID driver license or identification card in time. You do not have to make an appointment to get a REAL ID, but be aware that visitors without appointments may experience longer wait times at DMV. Check business hours and wait times at offices near you to help plan your visit.

Appointment times are only able to be scheduled up to three months in advance and tend to fill up quickly. Example: If you are trying to schedule an appointment for December 5, 2019, appointment times will open on September 5, 2019.

Watch the step-by-step

The REAL ID Application Guide video on how to apply for a REAL ID on DMV’s YouTube Channel.