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The Real ID deadline is only one year away

Starting May 3, 2023, you will need more than a standard Oregon driver license or ID card at airport security checkpoints to board a flight within the U.S. You will need a Real ID-compliant driver license or ID card, or a passport or other federally acceptable ID.

The Transportation Security Administration has a full list of identity documents it will accept for air travel at

If there is even a tiny chance you will need to travel by air in the future, don’t wait until 2023 to make sure your ID is ready to fly. What if you get a sudden wedding invitation? Or the sad news of a funeral?

“A year may sound like a long time, but it isn’t when it comes to issuing secure identification such as driver licenses, ID cards and passports,” DMV Administrator Amy Joyce said. “It can take weeks to gather the documents you need to qualify for a type of ID that the TSA will accept at airports.”

DMV offices in Oregon and across the country are busy, and the U.S. Department of State has a backlog for passport applications and renewals. As the Real ID deadline approaches, DMVs and the State Department will get busier. So beat the rush – get the Oregon Real ID option or a passport now.

Is your license or ID card expiring in the next 12 months?

You can renew your Oregon license or ID card up to 12 months before your expiration date. If you need to renew in the next 12 months anyway, why not do it early and add the Real ID option? That would save you a second trip to DMV or the wait for a passport.

Real ID is optional in Oregon because you may already have a passport, passport card, military ID or other credential for air travel. But if you want the Real ID option on your Oregon driver license or ID card, don’t wait until you book a flight.

How to get the Real ID option in Oregon

Make sure you have the documents you need to qualify for Real ID. Create your own checklist at

You must apply for Real ID in person. You can visit a DMV office or make an appointment at

Bring the documents on your checklist and your current license or ID card, and pay the $30 Real ID fee in addition to the regular issuance, renewal or replacement fee.

Then the process is the same as a standard Oregon card: signature, get your photo taken and receive a paper interim card until your Real ID plastic card arrives in the mail in 5-10 business days. You cannot use the interim card for air travel.

“You may already have the ID you need for air travel,” Joyce said. “But if you don’t, please act now – get or renew your passport, or add the Real ID option to your Oregon license or ID card. Oregon DMV offices are already very busy, but they will get busier in 2023 because of Real ID.”

Documents needed for Real ID

Proof of Idenity (One document)

U.S. passport or U.S. passport card, U.S. birth certificate issued by a state or local government, Certificate of Citizenship, Certificate of Naturalization

Consular Report of Birth Abroad, Permanent Resident Card, Employment Authorization Card, Foreign Passport with unexpired visa and valid I-94 issued by DHS

Social Security Number

Proof of Address (Two documents)

Must have the physical address where you live and not a mailing address or a PO Box. Must come from a verifiable business or government agency. Must be written in ink if handwritten. Cannot have any changes such as erasures or information crossed out. Cannot have a forwarding address sticker.

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