October 1st 2020 deadline to get REAL ID is approaching

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) There is just over a year until it will be required for anyone traveling domestically or traveling onto a military base to have a REAL ID or another form of ID that is REAL ID compliant. Starting October 1, 2020, a REAL ID compliant driver’s license or other acceptable form of ID will be needed to go through TSA.

There is just over a year until it will be required for anyone traveling domestically or traveling onto a military base to have a REAL ID or another form of ID that is REAL ID compliant. Starting October 1, 2020, a REAL ID compliant driver’s license or other acceptable form of ID will be needed to go through TSA. (Photo courtesy of KTUU Anchorage)

A passport can also be used and is Real ID compliant, but says she is concerned for those who don't have a passport, military ID or one of the other forms of identification on the TSA list.

"There's a long list of things that you can use, you know the Alaska ID is not the only thing, but if you don't have those things, domestic travel is going to be difficult, just to go to TSA to fly from Fairbanks to Anchorage you wouldn't be able to do that without a Real ID," said Marla Thompson, director of the State of Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles.

A Real ID can be identified by a star in the corner of the ID and is available at the Division of Motor Vehicles and their business partners. Thompson says more than 50,000 Alaska Real ID's have been issued since January 1st of this year. She says there has been an increase in people signing up for Real ID’s over the summer.

To apply for a REAL ID card, a resident needs one document that proves identity, any documented name changes, another document that has your full social security number and two documents that verify your residence address, which cannot be a P.O. Box.

Thompson says one part that people can struggle with when acquiring the documents needed is finding proof of address, since a lot of people have P.O. Boxes. She suggests bringing in their vehicle registration if it has your physical address, voter registration card.

Mail is another way to prove your address, and it has to be within the last 90 days and printed from a company, such as insurance form, paystub. Thompson says they will work with anyone who is struggling to find the documents necessary.

For the REAL ID checklist: https://online.dmv.alaska.gov/REALIdChecklist

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