How to Apply for Real ID in Massachusetts
A REAL ID in Massachusetts is a type of credential that complies with new federal security standards. Under the REAL ID act, you will need a federally-compliant...
A REAL ID in Massachusetts is a type of credential that complies with new federal security standards. Under the REAL ID act, you will need a federally-compliant card in order to
board domestic airline flights or enter certain federal facilities, starting in 2020. Obtaining a REAL ID card from the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) is an easy way to obtain a secure card that meets these new requirements.
An MA REAL ID driver’s license is distinguished from a standard card by the gold star in the corner. If you do not have this star on your credential yet, your card does not currently comply with these federal security requirements. You may choose to upgrade to a secure ID if you already have a standard ID, but you can also get a new card during your renewal. If you have never been licensed in Massachusetts, you also have the option of choosing to get a secure credential when you apply for your first card.
The main difference between getting a secure ID and a standard credential is that you need to present more documentation during the application for a federally-compliant card. Aside from the difference in paperwork, a REAL ID driver license can be used in the same way as a regular card, with the added benefit of having enhanced security features. Read More