Federal ID Begins in One Year

The REAL ID Act goes into effect on October 1, 2020. By then, all persons must have a REAL ID license for boarding commercial flights within the United States, accessing certain federal facilities, and entering nuclear facilities and military bases. 

The REAL ID Act of 2005 established minimum security standards for license issuance and production and prohibits federal agencies from accepting for certain purposes driver licenses and identification cards from states that do not meet the Act’s minimum standards. 

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security (TDOSHS) began issuing REAL IDs July 1, 2019 and has issued more than 156,601 REAL ID credentials to date.

Tennesseans are strongly encouraged to apply for a REAL ID in time to meet the October 1, 2020 deadline. More information about Tennessee REAL ID can be found at www.tnrealid.gov