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U.S. DHS Extends Real ID Deadline to 2023

April 27, 2021 (6:08 pm EST)
Filed under: General Interest by News Staff
Sample of federally approved "Real ID" Massachusetts Drivers License. Note gold star in upper right corner.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Today the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) extended the deadline to update your Massachusetts (or other state) ID or Drivers License to a "Real ID" to May 3rd, 2023.

Prior to today's extension, Real ID was to be required to fly within the United States or enter federal buildings after October 1st, 2021.

Real ID's from Massachusetts as well as all other states will have a star in the upper right corner and other identification and security features.

To get a Real ID, in addition to basic requirements, (for a Mass ID or Drivers License) you’ll need to provide additional documents such as a Passport, Social Security Card, Birth Certificate, any Legal Name Change documents (if applicable) and a other "proof of residence" documents such as a mortgage, lease or recent utility bill in your name at your address.

Use the links below to check the DHS and Mass.gov websites for detailed information about what types of documents are needed and how to apply for a Real ID:

DHS Real ID info: https://www.dhs.gov/real-id

Mass.gov Real ID info: https://www.mass.gov/guides/massachusetts-identification-id-requirements

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