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Real-ID Driver Licenses Beginning July 1st

New Real ID

Tennessee’s Driver Services will start issuing Real-ID driver licenses beginning July 1st.
The Real-ID compliant-cards will be needed to fly on airplanes, go into federal buildings or enter military bases effective October 1st, 2020.
Those IDs are marked with a gold star at the top of them.
The Real ID is designed to make driver’s licenses less susceptible to forgery by requiring proof of U.S. residency. It requires states to retain copies of identification documents, like birth certificates.

Standard ID

You do NOT need a REAL ID only a Standard ID to:
• Drive
• Vote
• Purchase alcohol or cigarettes
• Access hospitals
• Visit the post office
• Access federal courts
• Apply for or receive federal benefits such as social security or veterans’ benefits