The New York Department of Motor Vehicles is encouraging New Yorkers to get the REAL ID.

Beginning on October 1, 2020, a standard New York State License will not be accepted for domestic air travel without additional documentation like a passport. You will need either a REAL ID or an Enhanced Driver License (EDL) board without this supporting documentation.

Over the summer, the DMV says it will begin a statewide promotional and educational tour about the new ID requirements at airports across the state.

When applying for a REAL ID, use this document guide to make sure you have the proper documentation for the new IDs.

“REAL ID is available at all DMV offices statewide and we encourage you to get your new license or non-driver ID today, especially if you are renewing or applying for the first time,” said DMV Executive Deputy Commissioner Terri Egan. “Getting a new REAL ID requires an office visit, and we expect lines to grow as the deadline approaches. Don’t delay – get your REAL ID today!”

For more information about REAL ID and Enhanced Driver Licenses, visit

Frequently Asked Questions about the REAL ID.