The New York State Department of Motor Vehicle is encouraging motorists to “get real.”
Beginning on Oct. 1, 2020, a standard New York State driver’s license won’t be enough to get on even a domestic flight, and although that is more than two years away, the DMV is encouraging residents to get ahead of the game.
There are now three different forms of driver’s license or New York State identification, a standard – which will not be enough to board a domestic flight alone – enhanced, or the REAL ID license, which is in coordination with a new law aimed to increase security to travelers.
The REAL ID will also become the standard for entering federal facilities. The requirements came following recommendations by the 9/11 Commission.
The DMV has been encouraging New Yorkers to start transitioning to the REAL ID, including the issuance of a Youtube promotion (which can be seen above) and mailing information. There has also been tables set up with information at prominent New York airports in an effort to ensure residents have enough time to get the new ID.
In order to obtain a REAL ID, one must go in person to the DMV with proof identity and proof of New York State residency. There is no additional fee. There is a $30 fee to get an enhanced license, which can be used in lieu of a passport to enter Canada, Mexico and some Carribean countries by land or sea.