REAL ID


The South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles is now issuing REAL IDs.

For those who are flying:
  • your current unexpired South Carolina driver's license will be accepted to go through airport security and to board a domestic, commerical flight through Sept. 30, 2020.
  • For international travel you will continue to need an unexpired passport as part of your identification and travel requirements.
  • If you have a valid passport, military identification or another federal identification that's accepted to pass airport security, you may use this instead of changing your S.C. driver's license.
  • On or after Oct. 1, 2020, all South Carolina residents must have a REAL ID or some other federally approved identification as listed above to board a domestic, commerical flight.
A gold star must appear on your driver's license to indicate that it is a REAL ID. To learn more:
 
The US Congress passed the REAL ID Act of 2005 as a result of the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation to standardize government-issued identifications, like driver’s licenses. The South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (SCDMV) has begun accepting documentation from residents who are interested in obtaining a REAL ID and is working towards full-compliance with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). 

Other forms of acceptable federal identification include:
  • U.S. passport
  • U.S. passport card
  • DHS trusted traveler cards (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST)
  • U.S. military ID (active duty or retired military and their dependents, and DoD civilians)
  • Permanent resident card
  • Foreign government-issued passport

Complete list of acceptable identification

TSA and Department of Homeland Securty FAQ is available online
 

 
 
 
 
 
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