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Missouri Department of Revenue Encourages Residents to Prepare for REAL ID Deadline

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – The federal REAL ID enforcement deadline is one year away on May 3, 2023. Over 1.6 million REAL IDs have been issued in the state of Missouri to date.

A Missouri-issued REAL ID-compliant driver license or ID card has a star in the upper right-hand corner. A license or ID card that is noncompliant with REAL ID will have “NOT FOR REAL ID PURPOSES” in the upper right-hand corner.

Applying for a REAL ID is not mandatory, however all U.S. residents will soon be required to present a REAL ID in order to access federal facilities, and board federally regulated domestic flights.

To apply for a REAL ID-compliant driver license or ID card, Missourians will need to submit valid, original documents verifying their identity, lawful status, Social Security number, proof of residency, and official name change if needed. A full list of acceptable documents can be found HERE.

Last year, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security extended the REAL ID enforcement deadline to ease the burdens caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. REAL ID will now be enforced starting May 3, 2023.

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