REAL ID Is Here. Are You Ready?

On October 1, 2021, you will need either a REAL ID or a valid U.S. passport to board a domestic plane.

CT REAL ID driver's license with gold star
The star means it’s a REAL ID!

Do I Need a REAL ID?

Yes, if you…

  • Travel the country by plane
  • Visit military bases or federal buildings

No, if you…

  • Have a Gold Star on your CT License or ID (It’s a REAL ID!)
  • Use a valid U.S. Passport for domestic travel
  • Do not travel the country by plane
  • Do not visit military bases or federal buildings

Why do I need a REAL ID?

After the terrorist attacks of 9/11, we needed a stronger identity verification system for U.S. citizens. REAL ID cuts down on fraud and creates a stronger pathway to security.

When must I get a REAL ID?

If you plan to fly on a domestic flight or plan to visit federal facilities, you’ll need to get a REAL ID or a U.S. passport by October 1, 2021.

What happens if I show up to my flight with my standard driver’s license/ID?

After the October 1, 2021 deadline, If you do not have a REAL ID or valid U.S. passport, you will not be permitted through the security checkpoint.

How can I find out more about REAL ID?

Simply visit the REAL ID information page for more about the new federal standards.