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Real ID

Picture of a Sample Real ID

Photo Credit: South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles


WHAT is the Real ID?

The US Congress passed the REAL ID Act of 2005 as a result of the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation to standardize government-issued identifications, like driver’s licenses. This is a federal law that affects federal agencies, federal buildings, and military bases. A REAL ID license is valid for no more than eight years.

South Carolina DMV's Kevin Shwedo explains Real ID

WHY do I need to get it?

Beginning May 3, 2023, your South Carolina driver's license or identification card must have a gold star to show it's a REAL ID in order to use it as your identification to board a domestic, commercial flight, enter a secure federal building, or visit a military installation.

HOW do I get one?

Visit the SCDMV website to obtain further information.

WHERE do I get one?

Visit the SCDMV website to find a listing of branches near you .