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REAL ID: Is your driver's license updated?

REAL ID: Is your driver's license updated?


Per federal requirements, your driver's license or ID card must be compliant in order for you to board an airplane or access federal facilities and military bases. To be compliant, required documents must be on file with the MVA by October 1, 2020. Even if your license isn't up for renewal before then, it must be updated in order to meet the requirements. You'll need to show up to the MVA in person with the necessary paperwork. Appointments can be made online. Click here for details.


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Comment balloon 17 commentsRoy Kelley • February 27 2020 03:26PM


Good morning, Roy Kelley I'll need to look into this.... 

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) 3 months ago

Thanks for sharing Roy your thoughts on ID cards

Even if your license isn't up for renewal before then, it must be updated in order to meet the requirements. You'll need to show up to the MVA in person with the necessary paperwork.

Posted by Sham Reddy CRS, CRS (H E R Realty, Dayton, OH) 3 months ago

Thank you for the reminder, I need to get the paperwork in order since there are documents we need to provide them.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) 3 months ago

Good morning Roy. Another government requirement. Another citizen inconvenience. That seems to be the government at work. Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) 3 months ago

We were lucky here in Florida they started this a few years ago.

Posted by Donald Urschalitz, P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County (Lubeck Realty Group) 3 months ago

Good morning Roy. This is a terrific reminder. I think it is important and believe it will be really crowded at the DMV's in September.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 3 months ago

Roy - I went to update my license a month ago. They sent it to me in the mail last week and they didn't change my photo from the previous one and they made a mistake on my height. A new photo was taken at the time I waited eight hours for the license renewal the first time, and I had to wait again for them to make the correct changes. I'm now waiting for my second DL.  

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 3 months ago

Good morning, Roy... my license has been updated and in compliance for two years now. All done!

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Realty) 3 months ago


Yes it is, now we have to renew our passports before June.  Wishing Dolores and you a wonderful day. A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 3 months ago

Hi Roy Kelley

My husband and I updated our passports and got the new Federal license last summer.  We know that too many people put things off to the last minute.  I was very surprised that the renewal for our driver licenses now has the date we renewed rather than our birthdays.  This will make it much harder to remember to renew it. (At least for me!) 

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Realty) 3 months ago

Roy, Larry & I took care of this a couple of months ago and the lines were incredibly long!

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) 3 months ago

Yes, I updated to a Real ID this past March.  It was relatively easy at our local DMV, other than their computer system kept crashing!  One of the more difficult parts for women especially, is getting documents together, especially if last name has changed.  You need a certified birth certificate, marriage license, divorce papers, social security card, utility bills, or some other evidence that you live where you say you do.  After I went through all that, I received a card in the mail, which asked that I sign and return, to confirm.  Still, all in all, I didn't think the process was a difficult as I feared it might be.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 3 months ago

Hi Roy - it is better to get the enhanced rather than the real.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 3 months ago

Thank you very much for your feedback. It is always good to receive your comments.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 3 months ago

Good reminder for everyone, thankfully mine is updated!

Posted by Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold! (RE/MAX Realty Center ) 3 months ago

Make it a habit to post a daily reblog. It is an easy way to pay it forward.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 3 months ago

great advice. I got my REAL ID, about 6 months ago. Start now in case you don't have some documents you need (such as an original birth certificate) so you have time to collect or order those documents you'll need, from the proper agencies.

Posted by Stephen Turner, The BIG Guy of NEW HOME SALES (Burkentine Realty Group (Burkentien Builders)) 2 months ago