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Your Alaska ID and License in the News

New License New Process

Alaska’s license has a new look and a new issuance process. When you obtain a new card you will receive a black and white temporary license or ID card over the counter that is valid for 60 days. The new, permanent card will be mailed to you and should arrive in approximately two weeks.

All of the newly designed cards include numerous security features to protect your identity and reduce fraud. Features include a newly designed mountain scene, a clear window in the shape of the state of Alaska, a ghost image of your photograph, a fine line pattern much like is seen on currency, and a snowflake laminate with a state seal hologram. It’s authentically Alaskan.

More information about new license

Revised 08/08/2016

TSA and Your Temporary ID

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) determined nationally that temporary licenses and IDs are not acceptable as stand-alone identification when traveling through TSA checkpoints. If you plan to be traveling while using your temporary ID, please be sure to bring a second form of ID to confirm your identity to avoid unnecessary delay at security.

Please refer to TSA’s website for acceptable ID's.

Revised 08/08/2016

Real ID and Travel

Air Travel

In 2008 the Alaska Legislature passed Senate Bill 202 prohibiting the State of Alaska from spending money or resources on implementing the federal REAL ID Act.  Since then, the State of Alaska has applied for and received waivers exempting Alaskans from certain provisions of the act. Alaska's extension runs through 10/10/16 and the state is taking steps to obtain another extension, however driver licenses and ID cards from all states will be accepted until January 22, 2018.  After that licenses and ID cards will not be accepted from states that are non-compliant or have not received an extension.  Those seeking detailed information are encouraged to visit TSA's helpful FAQ page which addresses most REAL ID concerns surrounding use of a state issued identity credential for air travel, https://www.tsa.gov/travel/frequently-asked-questions

Border Crossing

As of June 30, 2009, a valid passport or equivalent (Passport Book, Passport Card, Enhanced Driver's License, NEXUS, SENTRI, or FAST) are required for all land and most sea entry into the U.S. from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda (a passport is already required for sea entry from other parts of the world).

DHS has issued the following timeline for REAL ID Act implementation:

  • December 15, 2016—the TSA will expand the outreach and air travelers will be given information at airport check points.
  • January 22, 2018—Unless Alaska has been granted an additional waiver, air travelers from Alaska will be required to provide alternate acceptable identification (such as a passport, or military issued ID). If the traveler cannot provide an acceptable form of identification, they will not be permitted through the security checkpoint.
  • October 1, 2020—every traveler will need to present a REAL ID Act-compliant license or another acceptable form of identification for domestic air travel (i.e. no waivers will be granted beyond October 1, 2020).

Revised 09/12/2016

Real ID Act and Federal Facilities and Military Bases

In 2008 the Alaska Legislature passed Senate Bill 202 prohibiting the State of Alaska from spending money or resources on implementing the federal REAL ID Act.  Since then, the State of Alaska has applied for and received waivers exempting Alaskans from certain provisions of the act.  Our most current waiver expires on October 10, 2016. Without a waiver, starting October 10, 2016, visitors to many federal facilities, including the military bases, will require a REAL ID Act compliant driver’s license or alternative identification for entry. DHS has informed the State of Alaska that it will have a "grace period" before enforcement of the REAL ID Act begins at the military bases. This grace period will last until January 9, 2017. Since Alaskans are not able to obtain a compliant driver’s license from the State of Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles, we are advising all Alaskans wishing to enter a federal facility, including military bases, to check with the facility to see what alternative identification will be allowed.

Revised 09/19/2016

Alaska and Real ID

Revised 10/13/2016