REAL ID Deadline Around the Corner

Nearly 13% of Marylanders have yet to obtain a REAL ID as federal deadline of May 3, 2023 approaches. 

(Courtesy of the Motor Vehicle Administration)

If you’re planning to travel by plane this time next year, it’s time to get real about getting REAL ID ready. Marylanders now have less than a year to get a federally mandated REAL ID ahead of the May 3, 2023 deadline. As next May, all Marylanders 18 years of age and older must have documents on file and a REAL ID compliant driver’s license or identification card to board an airplane or enter a federal facility.

According to the press release:

“Maryland has made significant progress over the last few years, assisting more than 4.2 million people become REAL ID ready,” said MDOT MVA Administrator Nizer. “Our goal is to ensure every Marylander is aware of the upcoming deadline, understands the requirements to obtain a REAL ID if they don’t already have one and can access the tools that are readily available to them to get a compliant product.”

“Over the last several years, MDOT MVA has implemented new services that make getting a REAL ID faster and easier than ever,” said MDOT Secretary Ports. “At nearly 87%, Maryland has one of the highest compliance rates in the nation, and we’re well positioned to have a seamless transition when the federal deadline takes effect.”

Obtaining a compliant REAL ID driver’s license or identification card with the REAL ID star in the upper right-hand corner requires one proof of age and identity, one proof of Social Security, and two proofs of Maryland residency on file with MDOT MVA. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the original deadline of October 1, 2020, was delayed, allowing states more time to assist residents come into compliance. Since then, many updates have gone into effect and the MDOT MVA has implemented new services to help Marylanders obtain a REAL ID.

Read the full press release. 

More information about REAL ID.