Will your license fly?

Will your license fly?
By: City of Michigan City Last Updated: October 2, 2019

Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, a Real ID-compliant driver’s license, permit, or identification card will be required to board commercial airplanes or enter certain federal facilities.  A Real ID meets federal government requirements for driver’s licenses, identification cards, and learner’s permits.

Here's what to know:

  • Do you already have a Real ID? If you have a star in the upper right-hand corner of your driver’s license, permit, or identification card, you have a Real-ID compliant license.
  • To upgrade to Real ID, you must visit a BMV branch and bring the required documents. Only original versions or certified copies of the required documents will be accepted. At a minimum, you must provide documentation showing: Full Legal Name, Date of Birth, Social Security Number, Two Proofs of Address of Principal Residence, and Lawful Status in the United States.
  • A Real ID is required for everyone applying for a new Indiana credential (driver’s license, learner’s permit, or identification card). Persons who are not United States citizens (legal temporary or permanent residents) are required to have a Real ID and must present full documentation proving identity (name and date of birth), Social Security number, lawful status in the United States, and Indiana residency. Customers who are renewing, amending or replacing their current Indiana credential have the option of applying for a Real ID or a non-compliant credential, but are encouraged to obtain a Real ID-compliant credential. 
  • Whether you are getting a new, renewed, amended, or replaced credential, you will receive your permanent Real ID credential within 14 days of your visit to the license branch, provided there are no problems with your application or documentation. Customers with questions about Real ID can call the BMV toll-free at 888-692-6841 and speak with a customer service representative for help or visit any Indiana BMV branch for assistance.