Get your REAL ID before May 7, 2025
As of May 7, 2025, the U.S. federal government will require anyone who boards an airplane for domestic travel or who enters certain federal buildings to show one of these forms of ID:
- A verified REAL ID license
- A verified REAL ID state-issued ID card
- A passport
- Permanent resident card
A REAL ID is verified by a gold star in the top right corner of your license or ID card. Non-verified IDs don’t have a gold star.
Note: Per the REAL ID Modernization Act and DMV policy, individuals are no longer required to provide documentation of their Social Security Number when applying for a REAL ID. However, a Social Security card can still be used as part of identity verification—details below.
Apply for your REAL ID
Follow these steps to get a REAL ID:
Step 1: Check your eligibility
Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible for a verified license or REAL ID card. Customers with a drive-only license aren’t eligible for a REAL ID license.
Step 2: Gather what you need
Visit the REAL ID required documents checklist: English version (PDF) | Spanish version (PDF) REAL ID Document Checklist
In most cases, you need:
- A U.S. passport or U.S. birth certificate
- A Social security card (if lost, you can request a replacement here)
- Two pieces of mail from two different sources dated within 90 days to prove that you live in Connecticut
Step 3: Get your REAL ID
Schedule an appointment at any DMV office or partner office, like DMV Express. Visit locations and office hours to view DMV locations. View locations.
If you aren’t due for a license renewal and would like a REAL ID, you can request your driver’s license or ID for a $30 duplicate fee.
Your REAL ID arrives in the mail within 20 business days. For more on this, please visit Central Issuance.
Track the delivery of your new card.