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What is REAL ID? Effective October 1, 2020, a REAL ID Driver License or Non-Driver Identification Card, or a Passport will be required to board an airplane for domestic flights or enter a secure federal facility. Your current Driver License or Non-Driver Identification Card will be accepted until October 1, 2020. Your REAL ID Driver License or Non-Driver Identification Card will be marked with a star in the top right corner to indicate it may be used for federal identification.

NH License with the star indicating that it may be used for federal identification

Do you need it? REAL ID is voluntary in New Hampshire, but you should consider it if you want to travel by air domestically, or enter a secure federal facility (such as a military base or courthouse) and you do not have a Passport, or other federal identification, or if you do not wish to use your Passport for those purposes.

What will happen if you do not get it? Your Driver License or Non-Driver Identification Card will indicate "NOT FOR FEDERAL IDENTIFICATION" and you will need another type of federally compliant identification, such as a Passport, to board a domestic flight or enter a secure federal facility.

NH License indicating that it may not be used for federal identification

Plan ahead. If your Driver License or Non-Driver Identification Card expires before October 1, 2020, you may wait until your renewal to switch to REAL ID. If your renewal falls after October, 1, 2020, you should make the switch as soon as possible. Although there is no extra cost for REAL ID when renewing, if you opt in before your renewal, there will be a $3.00 replacement fee.

How do you get it? You will need to visit a DMV Office, and bring required documents Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol to prove your identity, your Social Security Number, and your New Hampshire residency.

Expanded business hours for REAL ID only: On December 8, 2018, and continuing the second Saturday of each month, the following DMV locations will be open from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm for REAL ID transactions only: Concord, Dover, Manchester, Nashua, Salem,and Twin Mountain.

Has your name changed due to: Marriage, Divorce, Adoption or Other? An important part to proving your identity is ensuring that your birth certificate or Passport reflect your current name. Your proof of identity must show your current name, or you will need to show proof of your name change(s). For example, if you have been married, you will need to show a document for each time your name changed, so if you have been married multiple times, you will need to show the proper documents for each marriage. It is important to note that we need to have proof that the person named on the birth certificate is the person applying for the Driver License or Non-Driver Identification Card.

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