The Real ID Act was passed by the United States Congress in 2005. The measure is meant to provide security standards for issuing identification, including state driver's licenses. Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, Kansas residents will need a Real ID to enter federal facilities, commercial aircraft and military bases.

In preparation, o
n Aug. 1, 2017, Kansas began offering Real ID licenses as part of its compliance. Real ID licenses have a gold circle with a white star inside it in the upper righthand corner.

Keep in mind that having a Real ID is optional. Those with a regular driver's license can still drive. However, also be mindful that processing a Real ID can take up to four weeks. If you know you will need a Real ID for an upcoming event, give yourself enough time to have it processed. 

Applicants will need some additional information to obtain a Real ID, including proof of Social Security and a U.S. passport or state-issued birth certificate. Additionally, if the applicant's name is not the same as listed on those documents, they will need to provide a document proving a legal name change.

There may be exceptions or additional information necessary regarding individual applicants. To view frequently asked questions, please visit the Department of Homeland Security's Real ID page. For information from the Kansas Department of Revenue - including who qualifies, acceptable documentation standards, and more - please view their online brochure.