Under the federal REAL ID Act, Michigan residents will need to present a REAL ID-compliant document to fly within the United States and enter certain federal facilities under federal law beginning Oct. 1, 2020.

Michigan offers standard and enhanced state ID cards that are REAL ID compliant. (See chart.) If you have an enhanced state ID card, you already have a REAL ID-compliant card. Enhanced state IDs that do not have a star will be printed with a star when renewed or replaced. Other compliant documents include valid U.S. passports.

The Secretary of State’s office offers extensive details about the upcoming change, including who will need a REAL ID, how to obtain one, plus many other frequently asked questions. Please click here for complete details.

We encourage dealers to pass this information along to staff to help get the word out about this important change. The SOS also offers this informational handout for Michigan residents. Dealers are encouraged to post copies at their dealership, or give to a customer whose license is not REAL ID compliant.