If you've been procrastinating and have not yet been to a Wisconsin DMV to get your Real ID, the deadline is closer than you think.

You Will Need a Real ID to Fly Within the United States

There have been several different dates set over the past several years that were the Real ID deadline, but Covid and other issues have pushed that date back.

Even if you do an online search to find the official start date of Real ID, some places will show May 3, 2023, as the day when you will be required to have an enhanced form of identification. On the Dane County Regional Airport website, the incorrect May 2023 date is still listed.

When Will a Real ID Be Required in Wisconsin?

You may think it's still many years away before the new identification is required to fly within the United States. but it's less than 2 years away.

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All U.S. travelers "must be REAL ID compliant to board domestic flights and access certain federal facilities" as of May 7, 2025. Just over a year and 8 months to get your upgraded license or passport.

As of March 26, 2021, 55 states and territories are fully compliant with the REAL ID requirements, and all states are on track to begin issuing compliant licenses and IDs by the May 7, 2025 deadline -Department of Homeland Security

How Do You Obtain a Real ID in Wisconsin?

According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation website, these are the items to bring with you to a Department of Motor Vehicles location so you can obtain a Real ID:

  • Proof of Name and Date of Birth
  • Proof of Legal Presence in the U.S.
  • Proof of Identity
  • Proof of Name Change (if your name is different than what’s on your birth certificate, proof is needed for each name change)​
  • Proof of Address (two forms)​
  • Provide your Social Security Number

For further details about getting your Real ID, or other services from the Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles, CLICK HERE.

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