Star card - Idaho Real ID

The sample driver’s license shown here is what the Idaho Real ID looks like, with the gold star in the right-hand corner.

One year ahead of the federally mandated deadline, the DMV continues to raise awareness of the importance of obtaining a Star Card, Idaho’s Real ID.

After Oct. 1, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security will require a Star Card, or other approved credential such as a passport or military ID, to get through security at airports, federal buildings and military bases.

Currently 185,106 of Idaho’s 1.25 million licensed drivers have a Star Card.

“Idahoans must have a passport or the Star Card in order to board a plane after Oct. 1, 2020, and I strongly encourage everyone to get their Star Card with plenty of time ahead of the deadline,” Gov. Brad Little said. “The last thing we want is for someone to miss an important trip because they don’t have the necessary identification to board their flight.”

During the past year, the DMV has highlighted this important deadline as part of its multi-faceted campaign consisting of videos, presentations, advertising and social media. Campaign messages focus on the Star Card being your “license to fly” and getting it now so “you don’t get left behind.”

“We are pleased more Idahoans are getting the Star Card, and the DMV wants to keep building on that momentum,” said DMV division administrator Alberto Gonzalez. “Oct. 1, 2020 will be here before you know it, so planning ahead is crucial.”

For information about the required documents to obtain a Star Card at county DMV offices, visit the Idaho Department of Transportation website.

The REAL ID Act of 2005 was enacted by Congress as a result of the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation that the government “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver’s licenses.”

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