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REAL ID is a federal security credential added to State-Issued Driver Licenses and Identification Cards that establishes a minimum security standard required for specific activities.

Beginning May 3, 2023, a REAL ID License or Identification card, or valid federal identification document (i.e. U.S. Passport) will be required to:

  • Board a domestic flight
  • Visit military bases or specific federal buildings
  • Enter nuclear power plants

Our REAL ID checklist will provide you with the documents required for your visit.


REAL ID vs. Standard Driver License


REAL ID Driver License

 

A REAL ID is marked by a gold star in the upper-right hand corner.

  • Meets the new federal security standards
  • May be uses to board domestic flights after the new May 3, 2023 deadline
  • Enter military bases, secure federal facilities, and nuclear power plants starting May 3, 2023

Standard Driver License

 

It will not have a gold star marked in the upper-right hand corner. If you plan to fly domestically, a REAL ID is recommended.

  • Does not meet the new federal security standards
  • Cannot use to board domestic flights starting after the new May 3, 2023 deadline
  • Cannot use to enter military bases, secure federal facilities, or nuclear power plants starting May 3, 2023


Do I Need a REAL ID?


Yes, if you...

  • Will travel domestically by plane after May 3, 2023 without a valid U.S. Passport
  • Visit military bases, secure federal facilities, or nuclear power plants

No, if you...

  • Have a gold star on your license or ID (this means you already have a REAL ID)
  • Prefer to use your valid U.S. passport for domestic travel
  • Do not travel the country by plane
  • Do not visit military bases, secure federal facilities, or nuclear power plants




REAL IDs are Optional

If you do not think you have a need to fly, enter a federal building, or visit a military installation or nuclear site, you do not need a REAL ID.

However, if you suddenly need to fly on or after May 3, 2023 and you do not have a valid U.S. passport, military ID, or another federally approved identification, you will need a REAL ID in order to board a commercial domestic flight.

Regardless of whether you have a REAL ID or not, you must still have an unexpired U.S. Passport to travel internationally.


You do not need a REAL ID driver license or identification card to do any of the following:

  • Drive
  • Vote
  • Apply for or receive federal benefits to which you are entitled (Veterans Affairs, Social Security Administration, etc.)
  • Enter a federal facility that does not require an ID (i.e. a post office)
  • Access a hospital or receive life-saving services
  • Participate in law enforcement proceedings or investigations (serve on a federal jury, testify in federal court, etc.)


How to Obtain a Real ID


Use the REAL ID Checklist to gather your documents

Use our easy online checklist to make sure that you have everything you need to bring to your appointment.


Visit a Service Oklahoma Licensing Office or Licensed Operator

Many Service Oklahoma Licensing Office locations provide walk-in services and appointments.

If you are a U.S. Citizen or a permanent resident, you may also visit an approved Licensed Operator (previously called a tag agency) to receive a REAL ID.


Note

If you are under the age of 18, you must have a parent or legal guardian with you.


Bring your documents to your appointment

Be sure to bring the documents from your REAL ID checklist to your appointment. Your checklist was sent to your email if you elected to provide it.



Fees


4-year credential option

  • First REAL ID: $42.50
  • Renewal: $38.50
  • Replace: $25.00

8-year credential option

  • First REAL ID: $81.00
  • Renewal: $77.00
  • Replace: $25.00

Note

If you are over the age of 62, you will be charged a prorated fee for a Driver License or State ID until you are 65.


Frequently Asked Questions

You can visit your local Social Security office to obtain a Social Security card.

You can request a new birth certificate by visiting the Oklahoma State Department of Health website.

A REAL ID is a new form of identification that has its own federal documentation requirements. Even if you previously submitted your proof of identity documents to Service Oklahoma for a Driver License or State ID card, you must do so again in order to meet federal REAL ID application requirements. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

No. You must visit a Service Oklahoma Licensing Office or Licensed Operator in person to apply for a REAL ID for the first time. You will need to show documentation proving your identity and Oklahoma residency.  Visit Service Oklahoma's Real ID Checklist to understand the documents you must bring to your visit.

Due to a high volume of requests recently, the typical turnaround time to receive a REAL ID is 60 days.




Resources


REAL ID Checklist

See the required documents needed to add a REAL ID credential to your license or State ID.

Create a REAL ID Checklist