- May 07, 2025 ; 12:01am
What is REAL ID?
Congress passed the REAL ID Act in 2005 to help combat terrorism and identity theft. The law set new requirements for identification that federal agencies may accept for domestic air travel and entrance to certain federal facilities. To comply, a state must create an ID that requires applicants to provide proof of identity and legal U.S. residency, as well as counterfeit-resistant security features. All states must comply with the law before it takes effect on May 7, 2025. Discover the full list of accepted ID documents under REAL ID.
Will you have what you need to travel?
Due to the pandemic, the federal government extended the deadline for the new ID law to May 7, 2025. Washington residents should start planning now for new air travel requirements.