Get an Enhanced or New York Real ID
After May 3, 2023, only the Enhanced or REAL ID will be accepted to get on a domestic flight (within the U.S.), or to enter certain federal buildings or military bases (unless you have a passport or another federally-accepted form of ID).
If you plan to travel, upgrade now!
- Do not have a license yet? Learn how to get a learner permit
- If you do not need to drive, you can get a driver non-driver ID
- Need to commercial driver license (CDL)? Learn how to get a CDL
- Already have an Enhanced or REAL ID? learn how to renew
Step 1: Determine which ID is right for you
New York State offers 3 types of IDs
- REAL ID
See a detailed comparison.
Answer the questions below to find out which type is right for you
Step 2. Gather the necessary documentation
Be prepared! Complete this guide to be sure you have the proof of identity you need to get a license, permit or ID before you go to a DMV office.
Application for Permit, Driver License or Non-Driver ID Card (PDF) (MV-44)
How to Apply for a New York: Learner Permit, Driver License, Non-Driver ID Card (PDF) ID-44
Step 3. Visit a DMV office
Submit all your documentation to a DMV office.
What happens next?
You will get your Enhanced or REAL ID in 2 weeks
It takes about 2 weeks for your new Enhanced and REAL ID document to arrive in the mail.
Which ID is right for me?
See sample Standard, REAL and Enhanced documents.
|ID FEATURES||STANDARD||REAL ID||ENHANCED|
|Can use for Photo ID purposes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Is acceptable for Federal REAL ID purposes||No||Yes||Yes|
|Can use to board a domestic flight (within the U.S.)||Not after May 3, 2023||Yes||Yes|
|Can use to enter a Federal building or military base||Not after May 3, 2023||Yes||Yes|
|Can use to cross U.S. border from Canada, Mexico and some Caribbean countries||No||No||Yes|
|Shows your residential address (where you live)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Requires an office visit to get one (if getting an ID for the first time)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Requires an office visit to replace or renew||No||No, unless you are changing from a Standard||No, unless you are changing from a Standard|
|Cost (in addition to regular transaction fees)||No||No||Yes – $30|
|Displays on the front of the document||NOT FOR FEDERAL PURPOSES||
See sample ‘REAL ID’
Real ID by State