Massachusetts REAL ID Checklist (2022)

New York, Vermont, Michigan, Minnesota and Washington currently issue "enhanced driver's licenses" (EDLs) that are designated by the Secretary of Homeland Security as acceptable to enter the United States at land and sea ports of entry in accordance with the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI). Are EDLs acceptable for official federal purposes such as boarding a commercial aircraft?

State EDLs that are acceptable as border-crossing documents by DHS under WHTI are acceptable to be used for official federal purposes, like boarding commercial airlines and getting access to a federal agencies or facilities.

May states issue a duplicate REAL ID remotely?

If there hasn’t been any kind of changes to a person's PII or any material changes, a state can issue a duplicate of a REAL ID. These will have the exact same information that the original did, so if you need to change info, then you need to go in person.

What would be considered a material change in Personally Identifiable Information (PII)?

Material change is any change to a person's PII. This includes any information that demonstrates a person's identity, such as: their social security number or date of birth. This also includes any information that appears in various databases or in the technology on the card that’s machine readable. Keep in mind, material change does NOT include change of address or principal residence.

Upon renewal do applicants need to re-submit any documents that were required at the time of the initial application?

Unless there has been any change of any personally identifiable information, the only people that need to submit documents are those that hold temporary or limited term licenses or ID cards.

What is the purpose of an exceptions process?

Since every jurisdiction is unique and has different needs, the exceptions process lets them meet their individual needs for their specific circumstances. This process can help people that can't show identity documents as a result of situations out of their control, such as a natural disaster. In these cases, states might have to see alternative documents that can prove identity.

How should a "Temporary" or "Limited Term" license be marked?

These types of licenses need to indicate that they are temporary and include an expiration date. These indications need to be on the front and in zone that’s the machine readable.

Can a "Temporary" or "Limited Term" license be renewed remotely?

These licenses and identification cards need to be renewed in person. The person also needs to present verifiable and valid documents and evidence that proves that the temporary lawful status is still in valid and the individual has lawful status in the United States.

Occasionally an alien may present a document that on its face has an expiration date that has already passed, yet the document has been extended by DHS and should be regarded as unexpired. Can a state accept a document under these circumstances?

The only people that can do this are those that have applied for or have been granted Temporary Protected Status(TPS). They also need to have a Form I-766 and Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) that can be given an automatic extension by DHS. DHS grants these extensions through a Federal Register notice and they usually last around 6 months. The Notice includes the following information: how to figure out which EADs can get one of these extensions and a new expiration date for the EADs.

What classifications of aliens are eligible for full-term compliant driver's licenses?

The classifications of eligible aliens are listed below.

  • Aliens that have been legally admitted for permanent or temporary residence
  • Aliens that have conditional permanent residence
  • Aliens that have an application for asylum that’s been approved
  • Aliens that entered the United States as a refugee
Does an applicant have to provide documentation of all previous names if the name on the identity source documents – e.g., birth certificate – is different from the current legal name that will be displayed on the new license or identification card to be issued?

While applicants don't have to give a complete list of every name they may have used previously, they should be able to present documentation that shows a link between the name shown on the document and the name they want to be on the issued document. Keep in mind, states can decide and choose what documents they require for this.

Does the REAL ID Act require an applicant who wears a head covering for religious reasons to alter or remove the head covering so that the driver’s license or identification card photograph shows their hair or ears?

No, because the REAL ID regulations for digital photographs recognizes that some people might wear a head covering for different purposes, including religious. There are some requirements, though. These are: the covering shouldn't cover the person's face or cast a shadow, allow the face to be visible from the hairline to the chin and from the ears forward. The regulations do not require the hairline or ears to be fully exposed.

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At what point in the application process should states capture the applicant's image?

The applicant's photo should be taken at the start of the process when they turn their completed application into a representative of the DMV. If there is any type of fraud detected at any time during the process, the DMV should try and get a photo of the person, even if an application is not submitted or completed.

Will an extension be renewable?

As long as the state has a valid reason for being non compliant, the Secretary can decide whether or not to renew an extension. They aren't automatic and state needs to show that they are actually making progress to become compliant.

How will DHS determine whether to grant an extension to a jurisdiction?

The following things will be considered by DHS for determining whether or not a jurisdiction will be granted an extension.

  • Whether or not the highest state official is overseeing the state's Driver Licensing Authority and has committed to meet the requirements of the REAL ID act.
  • Whether or not the state has documented the status of met and unmet requirements, plans and milestones for meeting unmet requirements and a target date for when REAL ID compliant documents will be ready.
  • Whether or not the state has participated in the ergular progress reviews by DHS concerning the status of unmet requirements.
What happens when a state’s extension expires?

When a state's extension expires, they can be banned from accepting state’s driver’s licenses or identification cards for federal purposes. With that said, though, the Secretary of Homeland Security can grant a short grace period before federal agencies start requiring REAL ID compliant documents to enter federal agencies, getting access to nuclear power plants or ride commercial airlines. States that don't actually receive an extension will be subject to REAL ID enforcement beginning on January 22, 2019.

How long will a State extension for REAL ID Compliance Last?

While there isn't one correct answer, the exact length will be determined by the Secretary of Homeland Security.

What is an State extension for REAL ID?

Since federal agencies can't accept driver's licenses or IDs issued by states that don't meet the REAL ID requirements for official purposes, the Secretary of Homeland Security can grant an extension of time to meet these requirements. If a state has been granted one of these extensions, then federal agencies CAN accept non compliant driver's licenses and IDs.

How will the public be impacted by the recertification process?

Since the recertification process doesn't affect the compliant states that are currently under review, there shouldn't be any impact to residents that use their REAL ID driver's licenses and IDs for official purposes. If DHS happens to find a state that doesn't meet the requirements, they will work closely to get everything figured out and minimize downtime.

How will DHS implement the recertification of compliant states?

From 2012 to 2014, 23 different states received Determinations of Compliance. Since these states meet the requirements for recertification, the DHS will recertify them every 3 years on a continuing basis. There will be around 5 states recertified at a time and as one gets a determination, a new state will be selected.

Why is DHS recertifying compliant states at this time?

Since DHS sent the first batch of Determinations of Compliance in December 2012, a lot of the technology used to verify everything was still being developed. Now that all of these technologies have been released, DHS can use one set of standards and technologies to make sure states are compliant.

Why is DHS recertifying states already determined to be compliant?

DHS determines if a state is compliant based on certifications that are submitted by the state. The REAL ID regulation states how these documents need to be ordered a certain way and states need to recertify every 3 years.

Can jurisdictions meeting the standards of REAL ID continue to issue non-compliant REAL ID driver’s licenses and identification cards?

REAL ID allows jurisdictions to grant driver's licenses and IDs that are not compliant with the Act. However, these particular cards need to clearly state on the front and in the zone that’s machine readable that they aren't acceptable for official purposes.

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If my state issues an Enhanced Driver’s Licenses, is that sufficient for my state to be REAL ID compliant?

While EDLs are acceptable for federal purposes under the WHTI, it's not enough to decide that the state is in complete compliance for the purpose of figuring out whether a federal agency may accept a state's regular driver's license for official purposes. An example would be that a federal agency can accept an EDL issued from a state, but not a normal driver's license from the same state.

What information does a state need to submit to DHS in order to obtain a DHS Determination of Compliance?

To see what information a state needs to submit, you can look at The REAL ID Regulation (6 C.F.R. Part 37, Subpart E), which gives you all the details.

Where can a state find information on the REAL ID Act and regulations?

You can find links to all of the regulations, statute and supporting documents at https://www.dhs.gov/secure-drivers-license-documentation. You could also visit the website for the Department of Homeland Security at [emailprotected]

Does the REAL ID Act require an applicant who wears a head covering for religious reasons to alter or remove the head covering so that the driver’s license or identification card photograph shows their hair or ears?

No, because the REAL ID regulations for digital photographs recognizes that some people might wear a head covering for different purposes, including religious. There are some requirements, though. These are: the covering shouldn't cover the person's face or cast a shadow, allow the face to be visible from the hairline to the chin and from the ears forward. The regulations do not require the hairline or ears to be fully exposed.

Are other categories of non-U.S. citizens that are only eligible to receive a temporary (limited term) REAL ID-compliant document eligible for a regular full term REAL ID-compliant document?

While the REAL ID Modification for Freely Associated States Act only applies to citizens of the Freely Associated States, citizens from other categories can still get a temporary REAL ID card. These categories of people are: a person who is a non immigrant, has an application for asylum that’s pending, has a temporary or approved application for temporary protected status, has approved deferred action or has a an application that’s pending for lawful or conditional permanent resident status.

Will other classes of nonimmigrants be eligible to present a valid passport and I-94 for proof of identity and lawful status and be issued a REAL ID-compliant document?

These documents are only able to be used as an acceptable identity document by citizens of the Freely Associated States. People from other places will still need to show the other required documents, which are: a passport that’s valid, a valid visa, and I-94. They can also show a valid EAD to prove their identity and lawful status. Regardless, everything will be checked through Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE).

What will the validity period be for REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or identification cards issued to citizens of the Freely Associated States who present the necessary identity and lawful status documents? Will these documents look any different from documents issued to a U.S. citizen?

For full-term REAL ID compliant documents, the valid period will be the same as the state's regular expiration period and they carry the same compliant markings without adding any additional language.

What if an applicant states he or she has been in the United States for a number of years and does not have a valid passport?

Freely Associated States citizens that entered the United States legally years ago could have an expired passport. If this is the case, they'll need to get a valid one or another acceptable identity document, like an unexpired EAD, in order to get a document that’s REAL ID compliant.

What identity and lawful status documents will FAS citizens need to present in order to obtain a REAL ID compliant license?

Recently, DHS made it so FAS citizens can present an unexpired foreign passport with an approved I-94 and documentation of their most recent admission to the United States as acceptable document in order to get a REAL ID license or ID. They can also show other valid forms of identification, like: an unexpired visa or an unexpired employment authorization document. Regardless of what is presented, the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) will be used to verify everything.

What does the legislation do? Citizens of these countries are nonimmigrants and have only been issued temporary/limited term licenses in the past.

This legislation separates citizens of the Freely Associated States from the non-U.S. citizens who can only get a temporary REAL ID compliant driver's license or ID. With this amendment, citizens of the Freely Associated States who show acceptable and valid evidence of their identity and lawful status.

Issuance of REAL ID Compliant Documents to Citizens of the Freely Associated States

President Trump signed the REAL ID Act Modification for Freely Associated States Act, Public Law 115-323 on December 17, 2018. This Act amends the REAL ID Act of 2005 to authorize states to give full-term REAL ID driver's licenses and IDs to citizens of the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of Palau and the Republic of the Marshall Islands who have been residing in the United States as non immigrants in accordance to a Compact of Free Association. They also need to meet the requirements for identification that's stated in the REAL ID Act.

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Can a person who was granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) get a REAL ID-compliant license/ID? How long will it be valid?

Yes, a REAL ID compliant driver's license or ID can be given to a TPS beneficiary. Keep in mind, the Secretary of Homeland Security can choose certain countries for TPS due to various conditions or situations that temporarily stop the nationals of the country from being able to safely return or, sometimes, when a country can't afford for them to return. Not only can nationals who are already in the United States get TPS, but also those that have regularly resided in the designated country.

As for the time period for it to be valid, it's going to depend on how long the TPS period is. If DHS needs to extend or designate a TPS for a certain country, they can do so for 6 months or longer by going through a Federal Register Notice. While a TPS beneficiary's status is tied to the designated country, a temporary driver's license or ID that's issued to those with a pending TPS status can only be valid during the time period that the applicant is allowed to stay in the United States. If there isn't a specific timeline, it will be valid for a period of 1 year.

In order to assess compliance with the REAL ID act, there isn't a definite end to the period of an authorized stay if the person has: a form I-766, employment authorization document that contains a Category Code of A-12 or C-19 and a "Card Expires" date listed below.

  • 07/05/2016
  • 07/22/2017
  • 11/02/2017
  • 01/05/2018
  • 01/22/2018
  • 03/09/2018
  • 06/24/2018
  • 07/05/2018
  • 11/02/2018
  • 01/05/2019
  • 04/02/2019
  • 06/24/2019
  • 07/22/2019
  • 09/09/2019
  • 01/02/2020
  • 01/05/2020
  • 03/24/2020

According to the REAL ID Act of 2005, and EAD that has the above mentioned things is valid documentary evidence of TPS and is acceptable for REAL ID purposes.

How will the phase-out of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program affect state issuance of driver's licenses and IDs to DACA beneficiaries?

According to the REAL ID act, those that provide proof that they have approved deferred action status, compliant states can issue them temporary REAL ID compliant driver's licenses and IDs. Under regulations in the REAL ID act, those who qualify for an approved deferred action status need to have valid Employment Authorization Documents (EADs)and Social Security Numbers (SSNs). The DACA Program made this process quicker and compliant states can continue to issue non compliant licenses and IDs with or without lawful status.

How does REAL ID implementation impact states that provide driver's licenses and IDs to certain non-citizens/undocumented immigrants?

With REAL ID, compliant states can still provide driver's licenses and ID cards when a person's identity can't be guaranteed or those that can't be guaranteed to actually have a lawful presence. Keep in mind, these can't be used for REAL ID purposes and the ID must have the following things: a statement that says they aren't accepted for REAL ID purposes and be a unique color or logo to tell them apart. Keep in mind, just because someone has a noncompliance card, it doesn't automatically mean they are undocumented.

Is DHS trying to build a national database with all of our information?

No, because REAL ID is a set of guidelines on the national level and not a national identification card. REAL ID doesn't keep a federal database of driver's licenses and each jurisdiction or area will continue to issue its own licenses, keep track of its own records and decide who gets to access that information, as well as what circumstances need to happen in order to do so. The whole purpose of REAL ID is to just make identity documents more consistent and secure.

What about non-DHS federal entities? What types of licenses and identification cards will they accept for access purposes?

Since federal agencies can set their own minimum requirements for security access, they can decide to not accept non-compliant cards before the deadline of October 1, 2020. In order to make sure you have the correct documents needed, it's important to contact the agency you plan on visiting before you go.

Keep in mind, the REAL ID act only applies when someone presents a state issued license or ID for official purposes. While a REAL ID card might not be required for things like driving, voting or banking, it's a good idea to check with the agency to see their specific requirements.

Will a federal agency accept my Enhanced Driver's License?

Yes. Under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, State issued Enhanced Driver's Licenses are accepted for the purpose of border crossing. While individual policies for agencies may still apply, these are also acceptable forms of identification to enter federal buildings and boarding commercial airlines. The only states that currently issue EDLs are Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Vermont, and Washington. To get extra information, go to https://www.dhs.gov/enhanced-drivers-licenses-what-are-they.

What type of state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards does the Department of Homeland Security currently accept as identification to access its buildings and facilities and at TSA airport security checkpoints?

Until October 1, 2020, DHS and its counterparts, like the TSA, will continue accepting ID cards and licenses that are state issued for all identification purposes. These will need to be issued by a compliant state, unless you get an extension from a state that is non-compliant.

Do I need a passport if I have a REAL ID?

If you're traveling domestically, you'll only need one valid identification form, such as your REAL ID card or another acceptable identification form. You won't need both. On the other hand, international travel will require you to still have and show your valid passport.

Can I use my REAL ID for sea (cruise) travel?

No, REAL ID cards cannot be used for this purpose.

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Can I use my REAL ID card to cross the border into Canada and Mexico and for international travel?

No, REAL ID cards cannot be used for any of these purposes.

Is a passport my only other option for Travel with Real ID?

No, the TSA accepts several other documents that can prove your identity. To get more information and see what these other documents are, to to the TSA website at https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/identification.

What happens to travelers who show up without a compliant license? Will TSA turn them away?

Starting October 1, 2020, if a traveler does not show a license that’s compliant with the Act or acceptable alternative, they will not be allowed to pass through the security checkpoint.

Will minors need to have REAL IDs/ identification cards to fly domestically?

No, because the TSA doesn't require those that are under 18 to provide identification as long as they are traveling with someone else inside the United States. The adult will need proper and acceptable identification.

How will REAL ID change how I travel domestically?

Starting on October 1, 2020, anyone who wants to access federal facilities, nuclear power plants or board commercial aircraft needs to have a REAL ID compliant license/ID or have another identification form that’s acceptable. Unless they are providing another accepted form of identification, such as a state issued Enhanced Driver's License, the card must be compliant with the Act. Keep in mind, the Act doesn't require individuals to present identification where it's not required to access a federal facility, such as the public areas of various federal museums. It also doesn't stop any agency from accepting other forms of documents that show your identity, such as a US Passport.

How do I know if my license or identification card is REAL ID compliant?

Cards that are REAL ID compliant will have 1 of 5 markings on the upper part of the card. If the card doesn't have any of these, then it isn't compliant. The required markings are listed below.

  • A yellow star
  • A black star
  • A yellow circle with a hollow star in the middle
  • A black circle with a hollow star in the middle
  • A yellow bear with a hollow star on it's hind quarters
How do I get a REAL ID?

Visit your state's licensing agency to see the exact requirements, but most will require documentation that shows: your full legal name, date of birth, social security number, two proofs of address and lawful status. Some states may have additional requirements, so double check to be sure.

Are all states issuing REAL ID compliant cards?

DHS is working with all territories and states to make sure they are compliant with the REAL ID Act. As of September 5, 2019, 50 territories and states are completely compliant and should be ready to start issuing the REAL ID identification cards by the October 1, 2020 deadline.

What happens on October 1, 2020 with REAL IDs?

All federal organizations, including the TSA and DHS, will only be able to accept state identification forms if they were issued by a REAL ID compliant state. These forms of identification must be in line with the REAL ID standards and have the star marking that proves it’s REAL ID compliant. While most enhanced driver's licenses(EDL) don't have the star marking, they are acceptable if they are from these states: Washington, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, and Vermont.

When will REAL ID be enforced?

The deadline for enforcement is October 1, 2020. By this date, states need to be issuing identification that's compliant with the REAL ID Act. Also, if someone wants to fly on commercial airlines or want to get into facilities that are federal, they need to visit their state's driver's license agency and get a REAL ID compliant card or another accepted option, like a US Passport.

What is REAL ID?

The REAL ID act was passed by Congress in 2005 and put into effect the 9/11 Commission's advice for federal government to impose guidelines in relation to the issuance of identification, such as a driver’s license. The Act has put in a certain level of security guidelines for all identification that’s issued by the state. It also stops the federal government from accepting forms of identifications from states that don't meet these requirements for official purposes. These specific purposes are:

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  • Getting access to Federal facilities
  • Boarding aircraft that's federally regulated
  • Entering nuclear power plants

FAQs

What documents are needed for REAL ID in Mass? ›

To get a learner's permit, driver's license, or Mass ID in Massachusetts, you'll need to provide proof of citizenship or lawful presence, a Social Security number, and Massachusetts residency.

Is REAL ID mandatory in Mass? ›

Beginning May 3, 2023, every air traveler 18 years of age and older will need a REAL ID compliant driver's license or identification card, or another TSA-acceptable form of identification, for domestic air travel and to enter certain federal facilities. This page is operated by the Department of Developmental Services.

What counts as proof of residency in Massachusetts? ›

Two documents proving Massachusetts residency (such as: state-issued professional license with photo; utility bill, credit card or medical statement, lease or mortgage dated within 60 days).

How long does it take to get a REAL ID in Massachusetts? ›

Receiving Your Mass ID

You will be given a temporary Mass ID, valid for 30 days, at the service center, and a permanent Mass ID will be mailed to you within 7 - 10 days.

What counts as proof of address for REAL ID? ›

Proof of address can be one of the following documents: Water, electricity, gas, telephone or Internet bill. Credit card bill or statement. Bank statement.

Do I need my birth certificate to renew my license in Massachusetts? ›

What You'll Need to Do to Renew your Massachusetts Driver License in Person. Proof of your U.S. citizenship or lawful presence/date of birth: Certified copy of a U.S. birth certificate; U.S. passport or passport card; OR Certificate of Citizenship (Form N-560 or N-561). Proof of your MA residency.

Can you fly without a REAL ID? ›

Starting May 3, 2023, every traveler will need to present a REAL ID-compliant license or an acceptable form of identification to fly within the U.S. Passengers who do not present an acceptable form of identification will not be permitted through the security checkpoint.

Can I get a REAL ID at AAA in Massachusetts? ›

AAA REAL ID service is available to members in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Those who are renewing their current standard license or ID card can apply for a REAL ID in person (with required documentation) at a local AAA branch.

Why does my driver's license say not for REAL ID purposes? ›

What does “Not for REAL ID Act Purposes” mean? "Not for REAL ID Act Purposes" means that a credential is not REAL ID compliant and you will not be able to use the credential to board a commercial domestic aircraft, enter a federal facility or visit a nuclear facility after May 3, 2023.

What can I use as a proof of residency? ›

Any one of the following valid documents reflecting your name and physical residential address will be sufficient as proof of residence:
  • Utility bill, e.g. municipal water and lights account or property managing agent statement.
  • Bank statement.
  • Municipal councillor's letter.
  • Tax certificate.
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How long do I have to live in Massachusetts to be considered a resident? ›

The new definition of resident provides that a person can be considered a resident even if that person is not domiciled in Massachusetts. A resident is a person who maintains a permanent place of abode in Massachusetts and spends more than 183 days of the taxable year in Massachusetts.

What is a proof of residence? ›

TV License. Rental / Lease Agreement. Motor Vehicle License documentation. SARS document used for tax purposes.

Does a Massachusetts REAL ID replace a passport? ›

No. REAL IDs are optional. If you have a passport, you can use that form of identification to board flights and obtain entry into federal facilities. REAL IDs are not required to drive in Massachusetts.

What does a REAL ID look like in MA? ›

REAL IDs look nearly identical to standard driver's licenses and ID cards. A gold circle with a star within it is the main distinguishing aspect of a REAL ID, which are also driver's licenses and state IDs.

Can you get a REAL ID online in MA? ›

(REAL IDs cannot be processed online; you must visit a Massachusetts RMV service center in person.) If you opt to skip the REAL ID, and you need to fly or enter certain government buildings after May 2023, you would need to carry your passport.

Does a bank statement count as proof of address? ›

Most banks will accept a bank statement as proof of address, provided it's recent. The general period for relevance is three months. Statements are typically accepted from banks, credit unions and building societies. Credit card statements, provided they're recent, are also generally considered a legitimate option.

Is birth certificate proof of identity? ›

Birth certificates are not evidence of identity, and are easily obtained. Although certificates issued at the time of birth may give more confidence that it belongs to the individual, unlike a recently issued certificate, they will not show if any information has been corrected or superseded by a new registration.

Can I use an online bank statement as proof of address? ›

Depending on the company you need it for, you might be able to use your Online Statement as proof of address. However, if the company won't accept a printed Online Statement, you can request a paper statement that will be sent to your home address.

At what age do seniors have to take a driving test in Massachusetts? ›

Massachusetts law requires drivers who are 75 years of age or older to renew in person.

How much does a REAL ID cost in MA? ›

In Massachusetts, it costs $50 to get a REAL ID, the same cost as a standard license. Besides a REAL-ID driver's license or state ID, several other forms of ID qualify. These include U.S. and foreign passports, U.S. Department of Defense IDs, permanent resident cards and more.

How long can you drive with an expired license in MA? ›

Penalties for driving without a license by state
StatePenalty for driving without a valid license
MarylandDriving without a license can result in a fine of up to $500 and a maximum 60 days in jail.
MassachusettsDriving with an expired license is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine and/or jail time.
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What questions does TSA ask if you forgot your ID? ›

"The TSA officer may ask you to complete an identity verification process which includes collecting information such as your name, current address, and other personal information to confirm your identity," according to the TSA website.

Do you need a REAL ID to fly to Hawaii 2022? ›

The REAL ID act will only come into effect in May 2023; this means that until then, you don't need a REAL ID to fly to Hawaii in 2022.

What is a REAL ID used for? ›

A REAL ID is a driver's license or identification card that is also a federally accepted form of identification. It can be used to board a domestic flight within the U.S. and enter secure federal facilities, such as military bases, federal courthouses, and other secure federal locations.

Is Mass RMV taking walk ins? ›

Customers, if needed, are welcome to conduct walk-in transactions during early morning or late afternoon hours, but are advised they will be served after customers with prescheduled in-person appointments.

How long does it take for your license to come in the mail in Massachusetts? ›

The RMV will mail your replacement driver's license to your mailing address on record with 7-10 days.

Can you make an appointment at MA RMV? ›

An appointment is required for all RMV transactions at AAA locations. If you need to complete an in-person permit, license, or ID transaction, you are required to make or cancel a reservation online.

What does the gold star on my license mean? ›

The REAL ID star indicates to officials and employees controlling access to federal facilities that require identification to enter, federally regulated commercial aircraft, and nuclear power facilities that the person holding the driver's license or ID card established their identity, lawful status or presence, and ...

How do I know if I have an enhanced driver's license? ›

REAL ID-compliant licenses are marked by a star on the top of the card. Michigan, Vermont, Minnesota, and New York states issue REAL ID and state-issued enhanced driver's licenses, both of which are acceptable. State-issued enhanced driver's licenses do not have a star on the top of the card.

Do I need a REAL ID to fly from PA to FL? ›

Beginning May 3, 2023, Pennsylvanians will need a REAL ID-compliant license, identification card or an acceptable alternative identification as approved by TSAOpens In A New Window (such as a passport) to board domestic commercial flights or enter a federal facility without a secondary form of Department of Homeland ...

What can be used as two forms of ID? ›

validate your identity:
  • Example 1: a) U.S. Passport. b) U.S. Social Security Card.
  • Example 2: a) U.S. Military Card. b) Unexpired employment authorization document issued by DHS.
  • Example 3: a) U.S. Driver's license. b) Original or certified copy of a birth certificate.

What do you do if you don't have proof of address? ›

Aadhaar to the rescue
  1. Government Photo ID cards/ service photo identity card issued by PSU.
  2. Signed Letter having Photo issued by registered Company on letterhead.
  3. Registered Sale / Lease / Rent Agreement.
  4. Address Card having Photo issued by Department of Posts.

What is an example of 2 forms of ID? ›

Drivers License (LIST B) Birth Certificate (LIST B) Social Security card (LIST C)

Can you be a resident of two states? ›

Quite simply, you can have dual state residency when you have residency in two states at the same time. Here are the details: Your permanent home, as known as your domicile, is your place of legal residency. An individual can only have one domicile at a time.

What is the 183 day rule? ›

Understanding the 183-Day Rule

Generally, this means that if you spent 183 days or more in the country during a given year, you are considered a tax resident for that year. Each nation subject to the 183-day rule has its own criteria for considering someone a tax resident.

Do I have to pay Massachusetts state income tax if I live in another state? ›

If you're a nonresident of Massachusetts, you must file a Massachusetts Income Tax Return if you received Massachusetts source income in excess of your personal exemption multiplied by the ratio of your Massachusetts source income to your total income, or your gross income was more than $8,000 – whether received from ...

How much does a REAL ID cost in MA? ›

In Massachusetts, it costs $50 to get a REAL ID, the same cost as a standard license. Besides a REAL-ID driver's license or state ID, several other forms of ID qualify. These include U.S. and foreign passports, U.S. Department of Defense IDs, permanent resident cards and more.

Can I get a mass REAL ID at AAA? ›

AAA REAL ID service is available to members in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Those who are renewing their current standard license or ID card can apply for a REAL ID in person (with required documentation) at a local AAA branch.

Can I renew my REAL ID online in Massachusetts? ›

If you already have your REAL ID and are up for renewal (check for the yellow star in the upper right hand corner of your license or ID), you are already eligible to do so online at Mass.Gov/RMV.

Do I need a REAL ID to fly in 2021? ›

When do I need to get a REAL ID? Beginning May 3, 2023, you will need have a REAL ID-compliant license or another acceptable form of ID, such as a valid passport or U.S. military ID, to fly within the U.S. Review the complete list of acceptable IDs.

What does a REAL ID look like in MA? ›

REAL IDs look nearly identical to standard driver's licenses and ID cards. A gold circle with a star within it is the main distinguishing aspect of a REAL ID, which are also driver's licenses and state IDs.

What does the star on a mass license mean? ›

Massachusetts's REAL ID driver's licenses and identification cards have a star in the upper right corner inside a gold circle to indicate that it meets federal regulations that establish minimum security standards. The upgraded REAL IDs will be required starting October 1, 2020 and the one-year countdown is on!

Why does my driver's license say not for REAL ID purposes? ›

What does “Not for REAL ID Act Purposes” mean? "Not for REAL ID Act Purposes" means that a credential is not REAL ID compliant and you will not be able to use the credential to board a commercial domestic aircraft, enter a federal facility or visit a nuclear facility after May 3, 2023.

How long does it take for your license to come in the mail in Massachusetts? ›

The RMV will mail your replacement driver's license to your mailing address on record with 7-10 days.

How do I upgrade to REAL ID in MA? ›

Customers are encouraged to begin their transaction online by visiting Mass.Gov/RMV, clicking on “Online Service Center,” selecting “Apply for a REAL ID,” and then following the prompts to verify their identity and start their transaction.

Can I renew my ma license at AAA? ›

In person +

If you are a AAA member, you can make a reservation to renew your driver's license/ID at a AAA location.

Can you fly with an expired license? ›

Expired ID

If your driver's license or state-issued ID expired on or after March 1, 2020, and you are unable to renew at your state driver's license agency, you may still use it as acceptable identification at the checkpoint. TSA will accept expired driver's licenses or state-issued ID a year after expiration.

At what age do seniors have to take a driving test in Massachusetts? ›

Massachusetts law requires drivers who are 75 years of age or older to renew in person.

Do I need an eye exam to renew my license Ma? ›

You are not required to take an eye test. You have a credit card to pay the renewal fee.

Do I need a REAL ID to fly to Hawaii? ›

Individuals traveling domestically on a commercial airline will need to present a REAL ID compliant credential or another form of identification by October 1, 2021.

Do I need a passport to go to Canada if I have a REAL ID? ›

Q: Do I need a passport if I have a REAL ID? If you are traveling internationally you will still need your passport. If you are traveling domestically, you will only need one valid form of identification – either your REAL ID or another acceptable alternative such as a passport, not both.

What questions does TSA ask if you forgot your ID? ›

"The TSA officer may ask you to complete an identity verification process which includes collecting information such as your name, current address, and other personal information to confirm your identity," according to the TSA website.

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