ALASKA REAL ID
The Department of Homeland Security approved Alaska’s extension thru June 1, 2019.
The new designed Real ID cards will be available on January 2, 2019.
Starting October 1, 2020, Alaska resident will need to present a REAL ID compliant license/ID, or another acceptable form of identification, for accessing Federal facilities, entering nuclear power plants, and boarding commercial aircraft.
What is REAL ID?
Passed by Congress in 2005, the REAL ID Act enacted the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation that the federal government “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver’s licenses.” The Act established requirements for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification (ID) cards and prohibits federal agencies from accepting licenses and ID cards from states that do not meet the requirements.
Do I have to get a REAL ID?
REAL ID is voluntary. Alaskans will have a choice between a standard (what we have now) or REAL ID compliant license or ID. Starting January 2, 2019, to meet federal regulations, all Alaska Commercial Driver’s Licenses (CDLs) will only be offered as a REAL ID compliant credential.
Do I need a REAL ID?
Beginning in October 2020, non-compliant cards will no longer be valid identification to enter federal facilities, access military bases, and to board commercial airplanes. If you do not need access to those facilities, then you may not need a REAL ID. Additionally, you may already have another form of ID that is REAL ID compliant.
• Driver’s licenses or other state photo identity cards issued by Department of Motor Vehicles
• U.S. passport or passport card
• DHS trusted traveler cards (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST)
• U.S. Department of Defense ID, including IDs issued to dependents
• Permanent resident card
• Border crossing card
• DHS-designated enhanced driver’s license
• Federally recognized, tribal-issued photo ID
• HSPD-12 PIV card
• Foreign government-issued passport
• Canadian provincial driver’s license or Indian and Northern Affairs Canada card
• Transportation worker identification credential
• U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Employment Authorization Card (I-766)
• U.S. Merchant Mariner Credential
Passengers 18 and over must show valid identification at the airport checkpoint in order to travel.
Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, if you plan to use your state-issued ID or license to fly within the U.S., make sure it is REAL ID compliant.
Can I still get on base and fly with my current license or ID?
Yes, as long as Alaska has an extension from DHS, federal agencies can continue to accept Alaska’s non-compliant driver’s licenses and ID cards.
Once Alaska achieves full REAL ID compliance, non-compliant cards can still be accepted through September 30, 2020.*
Starting October 1, 2020, a REAL ID compliant license/ID card or another federally acceptable form of identification will be required to access federal facilities, enter nuclear power plants, and board commercial aircraft.
*Note: Many federal facilities such as military bases, may have limits on identification documents accepted for entrance. Please check with the federal facility or military base before you visit.
What are the benefits of a REAL ID compliant license or ID?
Holders of compliant Alaska licenses and ID cards will be able to use them as identification to access federal buildings, including military installations, and board commercial, domestic flights* without additional documentation. After September 2020, old style cards and standard cards marked “federal limits apply” will not be accepted for entrance to federal facilities/bases or commercial flights.
*A U.S. passport book is required for international air travel.
How do I apply for a REAL ID?
The process is similar to Alaska’s current driver’s license/ID card application process, but with added requirements. All applicants for a compliant card, including current Alaska card holders, must apply in-person and provide DMV with source documentation, even if it was previously submitted:
• Proof of Identity
• Proof of U.S. Citizenship, Permanent Residency, or other Lawful Status
• Proof of Social Security Number
• Proof of Name Change (if applicable)
• 2 Documents Verifying Alaska Residency
How much will a REAL ID cost?
Regular card fees, plus a $20 REAL ID Fee.
Driver’s license fee ($20) + REAL ID fee ($20) = $40 for a REAL ID license
Identification card fee ($15) + REAL ID fee ($20) = $35 for a REAL ID card
CDL fee ($100) + REAL ID fee ($20) = $120 for a REAL ID CDL
Senior ID ($0) + REAL ID fee ($20) = $20 for a senior REAL ID
*Remember, card validity is increasing to eight years 😊
Go to www.doa.alaska.gov/dmv for more information.