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Missouri and Illinois Urge Residents to Not Wait to Get Real ID

Posted on September 25, 2019 in Media Releases

Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge joined Missouri and Illinois state agencies to urge residents to apply for Real ID ahead of the Oct 1, 2020 deadline.

Don’t wait. Apply now for Real ID. That’s the message to residents of Missouri and Illinois as the one year deadline approaches for the enforcement of the Real ID Act at airport checkpoints across the United States. St. Louis Lambert International Airport welcomed the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the Missouri Department of Revenue and the Office of the Secretary of State for Illinois to remind residents that starting October 1, 2020, travelers will need a REAL ID-compliant form of identification to board a commercial flight or gain access to secure federal facilities, including military bases, nuclear facilities and some federal offices. Now is the time for residents to plan ahead to ensure compliance with REAL ID requirements.

“As many as one million passengers a day across the country may not have the Real ID starting October 1, 2020,” said Sari Koshetz, TSA Spokesperson.

Missouri and Illinois residents have a choice in applying for a Real ID or maintaining their standard driver’s licenses or ID cards. Residents who have a valid U.S. passport, passport card or military ID do not need a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or ID card but will have to present one of those documents to board domestic flights.  Missouri and Illinois began issuing Real ID-compliant licenses or ID cards in March. Missouri has issued approximately 200,000 Real ID-compliant licenses or cards while Illinois has issued approximately 300,000.

“Missouri residents are really becoming aware of Real ID and how it may impact their lives in the near future,” said Ken Zellers, Acting Director of the Missouri Department of Revenue. “However, we also know there are many Missourians who will be looking to get their Real ID-compliant driver’s license or ID card in the next 12 months. To those individuals, we urge you not to wait until right before the October 1, 2020 date to do so.”

To determine if a Missouri or Illinois driver’s license is REAL ID-compliant, look for a small star inside a gold circle in the upper right-hand corner. The presence of the icon will indicate that the driver license or ID card is REAL ID-compliant.  

“If you are someone who flies domestically and does not have a passport or military ID, the Real ID might be for you,” said Henry Haupt, spokesperson for the office of the Illinois Secretary of State.  

Illinois residents interested in applying for a REAL ID are encouraged to visit and use the interactive document checklist ( to ensure they bring in the necessary documents when visiting a Driver Services facility.   

Missouri residents can get the latest REAL ID information through the Department of Revenue’s website (

Both states require the same type of information and documents which are required by federal Real ID Act that was enacted in 2005. 

When applying for a REAL ID-compliant driver license or ID card, residents will be required to submit the following valid, original documents demonstrating proof of each item at the time of application:  

  • Identity (one acceptable document to verify full legal name and date of birth);
  • Lawful Status in the United States (one acceptable document to verify United States citizenship or immigration status);
  • Social Security Number (one acceptable document);
  • Missouri Residency (two acceptable documents verifying the applicant’s Missouri residential address); and
  • Additional items may be required if the applicant’s name is different from the name on their identity and date of birth verification document.


The TSA maintains a full list of acceptable forms of REAL ID-compliant identification at Some examples are a U.S. passport, U.S. passport card; Department of Homeland Security Trusted Traveler card; military ID including IDs issued to dependents; tribal identification card; and Transportation Worker Identification Credential. 

Signs are currently posted at airports nationwide reminding the public that REAL ID-compliant licenses or other acceptable forms of identification will be mandatory for air travel beginning on Oct. 1, 2020. More information and Frequently Asked Questions on REAL ID can be found at