REAL ID deadline approaching in October

Delaware Driver License that don’t have a gold star in the top right corner are not REAL ID federally compliant, and beginning Oct. 1, those who do not have a federally compliant credential will not be able to board a domestic flight without carrying additional identifying information, and they may be denied access to federal buildings and more.

Those with a gold star in the top right corner of their Delaware driver’s license are among the 72 percent of Delaware residents who hold a REAL ID credential that meets all standards for federal compliance. For those without the gold star, the option to upgrade their credential by the Oct. 1 deadline is dwindling.

Delaware residents can upgrade their driver license or identification card to a REAL ID credential at the DMV. REAL ID requires a one-time revalidation of all identity documentation (such as birth certificate or Social Security card) used for obtaining a driver license or ID.

Existing driver license or ID card holders will need to present original identity documents at the time of renewal, like they did the first time they obtained their driver license or ID. Once they have obtained a RAL ID-compliant license of ID card, unless they require revalidation of their identity (for instance, for a name change or if immigration documents expire), they will not be required to provide their original identity documents again.

For a complete list of acceptable documentation, as well as frequently asked questions and more information about REAL ID, visit

To upgrade to REAL ID, Delaware residents can visit DMV locations in Georgetown, Dover, Delaware City and Wilmington. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays, except for Wednesdays, when the hours are noon to 8 p.m.