If your REAL ID Appointment was cancelled due to Agency closure, keep your cancellation email. When we re-open, you can bring this email to your appointment agency anytime within 30 days and get a REAL ID without an appointment.

REAL ID is coming

Starting October 1, 2021, you must have a REAL ID compliant driver license/ID to fly within the U.S., unless you use a U.S. passport or another federally approved form of identification.

UNTIL THAT DATE, a Standard New Jersey driver license is valid for air travel within the U.S.

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What is REAL ID?

REAL ID is the new federal requirement for state-issued driver licenses and non-driver IDs to help prevent fraudulent identification.

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Do I need a REAL ID?

You are not required to get a REAL ID, however, starting October 1, 2021, if you typically use your driver license or non-driver ID (instead of a passport or other form of ID) to fly within the U.S. you probably want a REAL ID. Otherwise you will need to use a valid U.S. passport or another federally approved form of identification. The Standard New Jersey driver license can still be used for driving.

When can I get my REAL ID?

We are finalizing our beta-testing of REAL ID. You can sign up for an appointment below to be notified when an agency near you starts offering REAL ID, or – if your license expires soon – click here

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Sign up to be notified to make a REAL ID appointment

We have started issuing REAL ID driver licenses and non-driver IDs in select locations. Sign up here, and we’ll email you when REAL ID is available at an MVC location near you, including a link to get an appointment.

How do I get a REAL ID?

  • If your license is expiring in less than three months, come into an agency currently offering REAL ID with all required documents between the 5th and the 20th of any month before it expires.
  • If your license isn’t expiring yet, sign up above to make an appointment.

 

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Click here to see a list of NJMVC agencies currently offering REAL ID

Frequently Asked Questions

What is REAL ID?

REAL ID is the new federal requirement for state-issued driver licenses and non-driver IDs to help prevent fraudulent identification.

Do I need a REAL ID?
Why do I need a REAL ID?
Is everyone required to get a REAL ID?

You are not required to get a REAL ID, however, starting October 1, 2021, if you typically use your driver license or non-driver ID (instead of a passport or other form of ID) to fly within the U.S. you probably want a REAL ID. Otherwise you will need to use a valid U.S. passport or another federally approved form of identification. The Standard New Jersey driver license can still be used for driving.

Who should get a REAL ID?

REAL IDs are best for those who typically use their driver license or non-driver ID (instead of a passport or other forms of ID) to fly within the U.S.

When will NJ have REAL ID?
When can I get my REAL ID?
When should I get my REAL ID?

Several New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission agencies are currently offering REAL ID, several other agencies are in beta-testing.  YOU CAN GET A REAL ID IN ONLY ONE OF TWO WAYS: If your license or non-driver ID is expiring in less than three months, come into an agency currently offering REAL ID with all required documents between the 5th and the 20th of any month before it expires.  If your license or non-driver ID isn’t expiring yet, sign up at REALIDNJ.com to make an appointment.

Can I change my current driver license or non-driver ID to a REAL ID?

Yes. You can get a REAL ID driver license or non-driver ID prior to the expiration of your current driver license or ID by visiting any New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission Agency.  There will be an $11.00 change fee.  If you wait until your current license/ID expires, you will pay only the regular renewal fee.  This REAL ID driver license or ID will expire upon your current expiration date.  YOU CAN GET A REAL ID IN ONLY ONE OF TWO WAYS: If your license or non-driver ID is expiring in less than three months, come into an agency currently offering REAL ID with all required documents between the 5th and the 20th of any month before it expires.  If your license or non-driver ID isn’t expiring yet, sign up at REALIDNJ.com to make an appointment.

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