New York Real ID

Get an Enhanced or New York Real ID

Real ID by State.

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!

New York Real ID
New York Real ID

Step 1: Determine which ID is right for you

New York State offers 3 types of IDs

  • Enhanced
  • Standard

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.

Find out what
documents you need

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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

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Step 3. Visit a DMV office

Submit all your documentation to a DMV office.

See location, instructions and reservation information for your DMV

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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.

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Which ID is right for me?

See sample Standard, REAL and Enhanced documents.

Table: Detailed comparison of Enhanced, REAL ID, or Standard License/ID types
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
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Displays on the front of the document NOT FOR FEDERAL PURPOSES

See sample ‘Standard’

Star displayed on REAL ID documents

See sample ‘REAL ID’

Flag displayed on Enhanced

see sample ‘Enhanced’