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Americans Will Need Real ID to Travel, Enter US Federal Buildings in 2025: Here Are The Requirements

We're just under 1 year away from when Americans will be required to have a Real ID for travel and entering US Federal buildings - May 7, 2025. Good Morning America gathered some important details and information for you, to help you prepare yourself.

ABC News ~ "NEW YORK -- The United States is less than a year out from the Department of Homeland Security's federal requirement for Real ID for domestic flights and entering federal facilities, and to help you get ahead -- and avoid a dreaded hour-long wait at the DMV -- 'Good Morning America' has gathered all the essential details you need to ensure your identification is up to date.


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security previously delayed the implementation of Real ID several times over the past few years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But as of this week, U.S. residents have under a year to obtain their soon-to-be federally required form of identification.

Here's what you need to know:

The federal Real ID Act was passed by Congress in 2005 following the 9/11 Commission's recommendation that the Federal Government 'set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver's licenses,' the DHS states on its website.

The new rules set out which forms of identification may be used to board flights within the United States and to enter secure federal facilities such as military bases, federal courthouses and other federal facilities.

Applying for a Real ID requires proof of identity, proof of residency and a trip to your local DMV. See below for more on the full requirements and application process details.

All U.S. states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories are issuing Real IDs.

You can visit the DHS website for additional answers to some frequently asked questions about Real ID." ~ ABC News

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