New York offers three types of documents

Customers have three options when it comes to getting a driver license, permit, or non-driver ID in New York State.  

  • Enhanced
  • REAL ID
  • Standard

After October 1, 2020, only the Enhanced or REAL ID will be accepted to get on a domestic flight, enter certain federal buildings or military bases (unless you have a Passport). If you plan to travel, we recommend you upgrade before 2020. 

Watch our REAL ID Video on YouTube! 


Which type is right for you?

Answer the yes/no questions below to find out. 

Do you want to use your license/ID to board a domestic (U.S.) flight?
Do you want to use your license/ID to enter a federal building or military base?
Do you want to use your license/ID to cross into the U.S. border (by land or sea) coming from Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean?


Based on your answers above, you should get...

a Standard driver license, permit or ID card.

 


Based on your answers above, you should get...

a Federal REAL ID driver license, permit or ID card.

If you have a Passport, it can be used for identification, boarding a plane for domestic and international flights, and entry into a federal building or military base.

 


Based on your answers above, you should get...

a Federal REAL ID driver license, permit or ID card.

If you have a Passport, it can be used for identification, boarding a plane for domestic and international flights, and entry into a federal building or military base.

 


Based on your answers above, you should get...

a Federal REAL ID driver license, permit or ID card.

If you have a Passport, it can be used for identification, boarding a plane for domestic and international flights, and entry into a federal building or military base.

 


Based on your answers above, you should get...

an Enhanced driver license, permit or ID card, if you are a U.S. Citizen.

If you have a Passport, it can be used for identification, boarding a plane for domestic and international flights, and entry into a federal building or military base.

 


Be prepared for your office visit

Complete this guide to be sure you have the proof of identification you need before coming to an office. 

Find your proofs

 


ENHANCED

An Enhanced license, permit, or non-driver ID can be used

  • to board a domestic flight (within the U.S.)
  • to enter a federal building or military base
  • to cross a U.S. border coming from Canada, Mexico, and some Caribbean countries (it is not acceptable for air travel between these countries)
  • for photo identification purposes 

Enhanced

  • is Federal REAL ID compliant
  • costs an additional $30 on top of the regular transaction fees
  • requires an office visit to prove your
    • identity- *if your name has changed bring in marriage certificate(s), divorce decree(s) or court order document(s)
    • NY State residency
    • U.S. citizenship
    • date of birth
    • Social Security status
  • shows your full legal name (first, middle, last)
  • shows your residential address (where you live)
  • has an American flag displayed on the document

 


REAL ID

A REAL ID license, permit, or non-driver ID can be used

  • to board a domestic flight (within the U.S.)
  • to enter a federal building or military base
  • for photo identification purposes 

REAL ID 

  • is Federal REAL ID compliant
  • does not have additional cost, but all regular transaction fees will apply
  • requires an office visit to prove your
    • identity- *if your name has changed bring in marriage certificate(s), divorce decree(s) or court order document(s)
    • NY State residency
    • lawful presence in the U.S.
    • Social Security status
  • shows your full legal name (first, middle, last)
  • shows your residential address (where you live)
  • has a star displayed on the document

For more information please visit the about Federal REAL ID webpage.

 

STANDARD

A Standard license, permit, or non-driver ID can be used

  • to board a domestic flight only until October 1, 2020
  • for photo identification purposes 

Standard

  • is not Federal REAL ID compliant
  • does not have additional cost, but all regular transaction fees will apply
  • does not require an office visit to replace or renew
  • shows your mailing address
  • will require a second form of identification to board a flight after October 1, 2020
  • has “NOT FOR FEDERAL PURPOSES” displayed on the document if issued after October 30, 2017

*If issued before October 30, 2017 and is not Enhanced, you have a Standard document.

 

Comparison between Enhanced, REAL ID and Standard documents
Document TypeDisplayed on documentUsed for identificationFly within U.S., enter Federal facilities**Enter U.S. by land or sea***
Enhanced (EDL)Flag displayed on Enhanced Driver LicenseYesYesYes
Federal REAL IDStar displayed on REAL ID documentsYesYesNo
Standard*NOT FOR FEDERAL PURPOSESYesNoNo

* If your license or permit was issued before October 30, 2017 and is not Enhanced, you have a Standard document. 

** Boarding a domestic (U.S.) flight, and entering a Federal Building or Military Base (starting October, 2020)

*** U.S. Border Crossing from Canada, Mexico and some Caribbean countries