Virginia DMV Urges Residents to Apply for REAL ID Required for Travel

By Abby Meyer | Posted: Jun 7, 2023, 08:26 AM EDT | Updated: Jun 7, 2023, 08:26 AM EDT

VIRGINIA – The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in Virginia is reminding drivers that obtaining a “REAL ID” will be necessary to board domestic flights and access military bases starting from May 7, 2025.

The REAL ID will be easily identifiable by a star located in the top right corner, as shown in the accompanying image.

To avoid potential delays at the DMV as the 2025 deadline approaches, Virginians are encouraged to apply for their REAL ID as soon as possible. Detailed instructions on how to apply online can be found by clicking here.

“Many Virginians rely on their state-issued credentials for air travel,” stated DMV Commissioner Gerald Lackey. “If you still need to upgrade to a REAL ID, prepare for your visit now by applying online and gathering the necessary documents. When you arrive at the DMV, we are committed to providing a personalized and positive experience that exceeds your expectations.”

While the acquisition of a REAL ID is optional, it is important to note that without proper identification, there will be restrictions for Virginians who wish to fly domestically after May 7, 2025. Therefore, residents are encouraged to take the necessary steps to secure their REAL ID.

Since the introduction of the initiative, the DMV has issued over 3 million REAL IDs. To ensure a seamless process, it is advised not to procrastinate and join the ranks of the next million applicants.

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