Do You Need a Real ID?


Due to COVID-19, the Real ID deadline has been pushed back to May 7, 2025.

SALEM – Oregonians now have the choice to get a Real ID the next time they renew their driver license or ID card.

On July 6, DMV began issuing Real ID-compliant licenses and ID cards to Oregonians who meet the federal requirements and bring the required documentation to their DMV appointment. Although a standard license or ID card is still available, some are choosing to get a Real ID-compliant card so that they are prepared for changes to TSA travel requirements next year.

On May 7, 2025, the Transportation Security Administration will begin requiring identification that complies with the Real ID Act to pass through airport security when boarding a domestic flight. The new ID requirements also apply to identification you use when entering a secure federal site, such as a military base.

How to get a Real ID

Getting a Real ID requires customers to come into a DMV office and provide specific documentation before a card can be issued. This means that you can’t use the new online service to replace a lost, stolen or mutilated card on DMV’s website and expect to receive a Real ID in the mail.

“Since Monday, we have had many customers attempting to get a Real ID by ordering a replacement card online,” DMV Administrator Tom McClellan said. “Due to federal requirements, DMV must see physical copies of the customers’ documentation and make a copy of them. The law also requires a new photo be taken the first time you get a Real ID. If a customer wants to get a Real ID, they need to make an appointment to come into DMV for a new license or ID card.”

DMV has created a website where you can learn more about Real ID, including a tool to help you make a checklist of documents to bring so you are prepared for your DMV appointment. You can also read about other forms of ID that you can use instead of a card issued by DMV.

You may not need a Real ID

Instead of gathering documents and making an appointment at DMV, you may want to check and see if you are already “Real ID ready” with something you already have – like a passport or passport card. There are many federally accepted forms of identification like a military ID or passport that Oregonians may already have. These can be used to fly after May 7, 2025. See for a current list of federally acceptable ID.

Learn more about Real ID on our website at

You can make an appointment for a new license or ID card, including Real ID, at

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