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REAL ID Dates and Safety Tips

By March 12, 2021Insurance, REAL ID

Have questions about the REAL ID? We have real answers.

To start, here’s what a REAL ID is and how it came to be. In 2005, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) enacted the REAL ID law to enhance travel safety. The law has since protected air travel, airport security checkpoints and other federal facilities like nuclear power plants and military bases with improved security measures.

Do I need a REAL ID for future travel?
Yes … and no. If you don’t get your REAL ID, you’ll need another qualifying federal document like a passport, Global Entry card, U.S. military ID or Enhanced ID when you travel domestically after October 1, 2021.

Note: A driver’s license will no longer be accepted for U.S. travel.

What’s the ID deadline?
Mark your calendar:  the enactment date for REAL ID is October 1, 2021. As of that date, individuals and families will either need to obtain REAL IDs or carry other accepted documentation when traveling domestically.

How can I apply?
You can apply for a REAL ID card at your state driver’s license agency or local Department of Motor Vehicles. Here’s what you’ll need to bring:

• Your birth certificate or passport
• A Social Security card or tax form such as a W-2
• Two proofs of address
• If you’ve recently gotten married and changed your name, you’ll also need to bring your marriage certificate.

Here is a complete list of accepted documents in South Carolina:  MV-93 (3).

What safety tips should I keep in mind?
• REAL ID cards will be marked with a gold star at the top. Look for the marking on yours to ensure it’s compliant before traveling. If you’re unsure, contact the SCDMV or your state driver’s license agency.

• Mandates vary by state. Click here for all the details on how to apply for a REAL ID in South Carolina.


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