Get your REAL ID / Enhanced document application pre-screened
Beginning on May 7, 2025, the federal government will require your driver license, permit or ID card to be REAL ID compliant if you wish to use it as identification to board a domestic flight (within the U.S.), or enter military bases and certain federal facilities.
Learn more about Federal REAL ID documents and fees.
Know before you go!
You can now have your REAL ID / Enhanced document application securely pre-screened before you visit a DMV office to have your photo taken and complete your document upgrade.
Confirming your application and identity documents are approved before your arrive at the DMV will ensure that you complete your transaction with just a single office visit.
- Complete the DMV Document Guide to find out what documents you will need.
- Gather the required documents listed on the document guide checklist.
- Click the button below to register for a NY.gov ID account (or use your existing account) and begin your application.
After you submit your application for pre-screening, we will contact you. You will receive notifications that will include instructions and describe the next steps in the process. Once your application is approved, we will alert you to schedule your in-person visit at a participating DMV location on a date and time that is convenient for you. You will also be able to check your application status 24/7.