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.
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.
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’