New York State Department of Motor Vehicles


Dear DMV Customer,


Flying in your future? Soon, you will need a REAL ID to board a flight within the U.S. if you do not already have a passport or Enhanced Driver License. According to the federal REAL ID Act, beginning October 1, 2020, those wishing to fly within the U.S. using their New York State-issued license or ID card will need a REAL ID or Enhanced Driver License (EDL).


DMV is encouraging all New Yorkers, especially those renewing or getting a license or ID for the first time, to get a REAL ID now. For more information about REAL ID and Enhanced Driver Licenses, visit the DMV website or watch DMV’s Which License or ID is Right For Me? YouTube video.


REAL ID is available at DMV offices statewide. The cost is the same as a standard license, which is now marked Not for Federal Purposes. It will require a trip to the DMV to get a photo taken and to present the required documents. To ensure you have all the documents you need before your trip to the office, visit DMV’s easy-to-use Document Guide.


Don’t delay – get your REAL ID today!