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DMV Encouraging New Yorkers to Sign-up for Real ID Before Deadline Next Year

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It may still be about a year away, but the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles is encouraging New Yorkers to sign-up for a REAL-ID. The DMV says a REAL-ID compliant identification will be required for all US flights beginning on May 7th, 2025.


On May 7th, 2025, anyone who is flying will be required to have either a REAL-ID, Enhanced ID, Passport or another form or federally compliant identification to fly domestically and enter specific federal facilities.

Tools have been made available online, the DMV says. Those tools include a document guide and an application pre-screening process to help New Yorkers prepare when signing up.

“Now is the time to get a REAL ID or Enhanced ID rather than waiting until the last minute,” said DMV Commissioner Mark J.F. Schroeder. “I encourage New Yorkers to visit our website to find out what you need to apply and take advantage of DMV mobile units when they visit your region.”

New Yorkers whose license or ID is up for renewal now can get a REAL ID at no additional cost beyond the renewal fee. In addition to the REAL ID, which is also needed to enter some federal buildings, the DMV offers an Enhanced ID which meets federal REAL ID standards. An Enhanced ID costs $30 extra and can be used as identification when returning to the United States by land or sea from Canada, Mexico and some countries in the Caribbean. A passport is also acceptable as a REAL ID-compliant document.

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