HARTFORD, CT (October 1, 2020) – Even though COVID-19 has significantly limited air travel, there is no doubt that folks will be anxious to fly again once they are safely able to do so. With that in mind, AAA is reminding Connecticut residents that they have one year from today to upgrade their license or photo ID cards to ‘Real ID’ or, beginning Oct 1, 2021, they will need a passport or additional documentation for domestic air travel.
Enforcement of the Federal REAL ID requirement was originally scheduled to begin today, but was postponed for one year because of COVID-19.
“AAA wants travelers to be aware of the deadline and to make the upgrade sooner rather than later to avoid the possibility of complications and disruption to travel plans if left to the last minute,” says Suzanne Aresco, Director of AAA Travel. “The key to applying for the Real ID license is understanding what additional documentation is needed to verify your identity. We are here to help”.
Though the deadline for Real ID compliance is 2021, the Connecticut DMV has been offering this identity verification for customers since October, 2011.
The detailed Real ID document checklist can be found HERE but, simplified, what most applicants will need is:
- Two forms of ID – their license and a second ID such as a passport or birth certificate (original or certified copy). If your name has changed, you will also need a marriage license.
- Social Security Card or W2 or 1099 with full social security number
- Proof of CT residency in the form of 2 pieces of mail from different sources dated within 90 days
AAA DMV Express locations
Anyone wishing to upgrade his or her license to the REAL ID can make an appointment to do so at the DMV or any AAA office in Greater Hartford, including Avon, Cromwell, Enfield, Glastonbury (new!), Manchester, Old Saybrook, Warterford and West Hartford.
What is REAL ID?
The Real ID program is an extra layer of verification that stems from national security measures and increased federal identification standards resulting from the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the U.S. It is also intended to offer residents additional protection against identity theft.
The ‘verified’ Real ID licenses or ID cards are identifiable by a gold star in the upper right hand corner.
Answers to additional questions about the REAL ID program and process are available at the above AAA offices or CT.gov/DMV.