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Real ID Act in brief

Effective Nov. 3, 2014, the Lab will implement requirements of the REAL ID Act.


REAL ID Act in brief

REAL ID is a coordinated effort by the states and the Federal Government to improve the reliability and accuracy of state-issued identification documents, which should inhibit terrorists’ ability to evade detection by using fraudulent identification.

REAL ID implements a 9/11 Commission recommendation urging the federal government to "set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver's licenses."

Individuals without driver’s licenses from compliant states/territories must present alternative forms of identification.

Check the status of states/territories from which you hold a driver’s license.

Alternative forms of identification are:

  • U.S. Passport (current or expired))
  • U.S. Passport Card (current or expired)
  • U.S. Military Card (current or expired)
  • Permanent Resident Card (current or expired, non-US citizens only)
  • State-issues birth certificate (hospital issued is not accepted)

See REAL ID Enforcement in Brief and Real ID Frequently Asked Questions.

Contact Melissa Abeyta in the Badge Office with questions: email badge@lanl.gov or call (505) 667-6901.