Beginning October 1, 2020, all persons must have a REAL ID license for accessing certain Federal facilities, entering nuclear facilities, military bases, and boarding commercial flights within the United States. The REAL ID Act of 2005 establishes minimum security standards for license issuance and production and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for certain purposes driver licenses and identification cards from states not meeting the Act’s minimum standards.
The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security (TDOSHS) began issuing REAL IDs July 1, 2019, and issued more than 156,601 REAL ID credentials to date.
Anyone who flies domestically within the United States, access a military base, or needs to enter a federal or nuclear facility after October 1, 2020, and plans to use a state-issued license or ID as a form of identification will need a REAL ID.
A REAL ID is not the only form of identification that will be accepted. A passport or other acceptable alternative form of identification can be used in place of a REAL ID credential.
To apply for a REAL ID, customers need to bring one proof of citizenship or legal presence, one proof of full Social Security Number, and two proofs of Tennessee residency along with documentation to support any name change from proof of citizenship document.
Where can you apply for a REAL ID? The fist application for a REAL ID must be made in person at a Driver Services Center or participating County Clerk Partner. Participating locations can be found at www.tnrealid.gov.
Tennesseans are strongly encouraged to apply for a REAL ID at least 20 days before needing to board a commercial flight within the United States, enter certain federal facilities, or enter nuclear facilities before the October 1, 2020, deadline. Your current state-issued license or ID will continue to be accepted until October 1, 2020, for these purposes.
A REAL ID costs the same as a standard credential. However, if you wish to obtain a REAL ID outside of your renewal period, there will be a duplicate charge of $8-$12.
Those who do not wish to obtain a REAL ID will receive a standard credential indicted by “Not for Federal Identification” on the front of the credential. Your current or standard credential will continue to be accepted for general identification purposes such as driving, purchasing alcohol or tobacco products, applying for federal benefits, vote, and access hospitals, post offices and federal courts.
More information about Tennessee REAL ID can be found at www.tnrealid.gov.