REAL ID is a Federal Security Standard for IDs that was created in 2005 as a result of increased federal security measures after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
REAL ID has been available since March 26, 2018; however, you will not need a REAL ID until October of 2021. If you have an active passport and don’t mind carrying it, you will never need a REAL ID.
After October of 2020, you will need either a passport or REAL ID when you fly in the U.S. or enter certain federal buildings.
Many Massachusetts residents may not need a REAL ID. To find out if REAL ID is right for you, answer a few questions here.
Watch this video for more detailed information on REAL ID and Standard credentials and what you need to get one.
Remember, you don’t need a REAL ID until October of 2021!