REAL ID Deadline is October 1, 2020

It’s time to GET REAL! October 1, 2020 is the deadline to get your real ID by updating your driver’s license to the federally approved REAL ID. This safety measure will be required October 1, 2020 for boarding domestic flights and for civilians entering military bases and some federal buildings. There are several documents required at the DMV and you will need to be prepared. All documents must be original and not laminated (the only exception would be a laminated Social Security card). There are four proofs needed. First is one proof of lawful presence which could be a state issued birth certificate, unexpired passport, unexpired permanent resident card, unexpired employment authorization card, naturalization certificate, or a consular report of birth abroad (FS-240). Second is one proof of Social Security. The full Social Security number must be visible. You can present a Social Security card, current W-2, 1099, or 1040 or a current pay stub. The third and fourth required documents are proof of Kansas residency. Note that you need two proofs here. These can be a rent/lease agreement, driver’s license renewal postcard, vehicle registration, utility bill, or financial institution documents (bank statement, deed, mortgage, etc.). If your name has changed due to marriage, divorce, adoption, or court order, or if your name does not match on all documents of proof then further documentation is required. This could be a certified state issued marriage certificate, court ordered divorce decree, legal adoption paperwork, or other court ordered name change document. If you were married in Kansas but do not have a certified copy of a marriage certificate, you can get that done quickly at the Registrar’s office in the courthouse. Birth certificates can be ordered online at The library has pamphlets with all the details so you don’t have to copy this article – or you can if you want to. Remember this starts October 1, 2020.

{Real ID image from Kansas Department of Revenue website.}