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DMV urges Wisconsin drivers to enroll in 'REAL ID'

Posted at 3:57 PM, Dec 18, 2019
and last updated 2020-07-29 09:33:12-04

Over 60 percent of Wisconsin ID holders are not "REAL ID" compliant. Now, the DMV is urging people to enroll in the REAL ID before the October deadline.

More and more Wisconsinites will be heading to the DMV as the REAL ID deadline approaches, so in order to avoid the lines, get the REAL ID sooner rather than later.

Without the REAL ID, travelers will not be able to pass through TSA for domestic flights unless they have a passport or another acceptable form of ID. Starting in October of 2021, a typical drivers license will not be accepted.

With the October 2021 deadline, the Wisconsin DMV is encouraging Wisconsin drivers to become REAL ID cardholders in order to avoid longer lines in the new year.

“Our customers are encouraged to visit the DMV sooner rather than later. No one wants to miss their flight or meeting because they don’t have the proper identification,” Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Administrator Kristina Boardman said. “2020 will be an exceptionally busy year. We urge anyone who plans to fly domestically or visit a federal building or military base to make plans to enroll in REAL ID."

Wisconsin DMV has more information on REAL ID, including what documents are required, costs, and the handy interactive Driver Licensing Guide which helps customers develop a personalized checklist of the required documents needed to bring to the DMV, at

Next year is also an election year, however, the REAL ID is NOT required to vote. A standard drivers license or ID will be accepted.