New Driver’s Licensing and Identification Requirements for Air Travel

Beginning October 1, 2020, the Federal Government will require all airline passengers to produce either i.) A federally compliant driver’s license; or ii.) Another acceptable form of identification, in order to fly within the United States.

How do I know if I have a federally compliant driver’s license?

A federally compliant driver’s license, commonly referred to as “REAL ID”, is marked with a star at the top of the card. Note: Legacy Ohio driver’s licenses have a gold star marking on the card, however REAL ID compliant Ohio driver’s licenses have a black cut-out star.

How do I obtain a REAL ID compliant Ohio driver’s license?

Visit your local Ohio DMV location and bring documentation that proves the following identifying items: a.) Full Legal Name; b.) Date of Birth; c.) Social Security Number; d.) 2 – Proofs of Ohio Residency; e.) Proof of Legal Presence in the United States; f.) Proof of any Legal Name Change (this may include marriage certificates and divorce decrees)

A list of documents that may be used to fulfill each of these requirements can be found at

Is there an additional cost for a REAL ID compliant Ohio driver’s license?

No. A REAL ID compliant driver’s license costs the same as a standard driver’s license.

Can I fly within the United States if I do not have a REAL ID?

Yes, provided you present another acceptable form of identification. Most commonly, this will be a passport; however, a list of other acceptable forms of identification can be found at

Do I need a REAL ID if I do not fly?

No, you may obtain a standard driver’s license.

How can Palecek, McIlvaine, Hoffmann & Morse Co., LPA assist me?

It is not uncommon for individuals to face challenges in obtaining documentation that satisfies the proof of identity requirements addressed above, whether it be because of a legal name change or the misplacement of a birth certificate. Our attorneys have assisted clients in navigating these small, but significant obstacles, and are ready and willing to serve you too.

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