Real Reminder – REAL ID is On the Way

    Posted by MAIA on December 5, 2017

    Registry News

    Since information about REAL ID has recently been in the media, we thought it was a good time to remind agents about the upcoming changes.

    Per information published on

    The federal REAL ID Act mandates that certain license and identification card physical security standards as well as identity security standards are met in the license and ID card issuance process.

    What is REAL ID?

    Beginning March 26, 2018, the RMV is changing the way you get and renew your driver’s license and ID card.

    REAL ID is a Federal Security Standard for IDs that was created in 2005 as a result of increased federal security measures after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

    It is an additional layer of security for Massachusetts driver’s licenses or ID cards.

    Massachusetts has received an extension for when you need a REAL ID.

    You will not need a REAL ID until October of 2020.

    However, if you have an active passport, and don’t mind carrying it, you will never need a REAL ID. After October of 2020, you will be asked for a passport or REAL ID when you fly in the U.S. or enter certain federal buildings.

    The RMV suggests you go online and renew your driver’s license or ID card as usual and then, decide if REAL ID is right for you in 2020.

    Real ID requirements which will begin to go into effect in Massachusetts on March 26, 2018, but you will not need a Real ID to fly until October 2020.

    Additional Information about REAL ID:


    The Mass. Agent - Registry News outlined some information back in October of 2017 

    Real ID Wizard (

    Real ID FAQs from the Department of Homeland Security


     For additional Registry of Motor Vehicle questions, 
    please contact Kathy Cormier at or 800-742-6363. 

    This article has been developed expressly for the members of MAIA. Reprint by other than members without the express permissions of the author is not permitted.


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