The REAL ID Act, passed by Congress in 2005, strives to set a minimum security standard for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards. Since it passed, states have made considerable progress toward making the driver’s license more secure.
Though states do not have to be in compliance with the act before October 1, 2020, there are fairly big incentives for complying early. As of January 22, 2018, passengers with a driver’s license issued by a state that was not compliant with the REAL ID Act, or by a state that had not been granted an extension, need to show alternative forms of acceptable identification for domestic air travel.
Fortunately, as of May 2019, almost all states are compliant with the act, including Mississippi. For citizens, REAL ID changes very little, except that agencies like the DMV will require your Social Security Number and more paperwork regarding proof of residency when issuing new licenses and ID cards.
The upside is that the REAL ID cards are made with new technology that makes them harder to forge. You can tell if a card is compliant or not by looking for a gold or black star on the front of the license. In most states, including Mississippi, a star signifies compliance. If there’s no star, it’s not compliant. Alternatively, if your card says “Not for Federal Identification” or “Federal Limits Apply,” it’s not compliant.
Fortunately, whether your driver’s license is REAL ID-compliant or not has no impact on your ability to buy a car at Pine Belt Chevrolet. Visit us for a test drive.