State Sen. Bill White Provides an Update Regarding REAL ID Compliancy Efforts

Beginning March 25, 2019, Missourians can apply for a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or nondriver ID card. The REAL ID Act of 2005 requires all U.S. citizens to present a compliant license or ID card when flying domestically, accessing federal facilities, military bases, federal courts and entering nuclear power plants.

Under Missouri law, applying for a REAL ID-compliant license or ID card is a choice but, all Missouri residents who plan on travelling domestically or entering any of the five designated locations will be required to present an acceptable form of identification beginning Oct. 1, 2020.

“Since the deadline to comply with the REAL ID Act is Oct. 1, 2020, there is no need to immediately rush to your local licensing offices,” said Sen. Bill White. “This is just a reminder for Missourians that this new option exists when it comes time to renew your driver’s license or ID card.”

Anyone travelling in the near future can still present their current driver’s license as an acceptable form of ID. Missourians may apply for an early duplicate license or ID card outside of their regular renewal period six months prior to the expiration of their license or ID card.

On Saturday, March 23, 2019, license offices will be unable to provide driver license services due to system updates regarding REAL ID processing capabilities. This will not affect motor vehicle titling and registration services provided at license offices that are scheduled to be open.

In addition, transaction and processing fees for a REAL ID-compliant license or ID card, new or renewal, will remain the same. Further details regarding fees and information about REAL ID can be found on the Department of Revenue’s website.