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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,

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


What is REAL ID?
    REAL ID is a coordinated effort by the states and the Federal Government to improve the reliability and accuracy of state-issued identification documents, which should inhibit terrorists’ ability to evade detection by using fraudulent identification.
Where does Alaska Stand?
    In 2008, the Alaska Legislature passed a law prohibiting the use of state funds to implement the REAL ID Act. While the Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has implemented best practices to prevent driver’s license fraud and qualify the state agency for compliance extensions, federal officials have warned this will not continue in the future. In a letter sent to Governor Walker last week, Department of Homeland Security said further extension requests may be denied if the Legislature fails to act on Governor Walker’s legislation during the upcoming session.
Are we currently Compliant?
    Alaska just received an extension to the REAL ID until June 6, 2017- this allows holders of Alaskan DL and ID’s to be able to continue to use these IDs to get on base and access other federal agencies.
Important Dates to Remember:

    If Alaska is not REAL ID Act compliant or moving forward with approved legislation by June 6, 2017, Alaskans will be required to present a passport or other federally issued ID to get on military bases or other federal facilities. This requirement affects businesses, schools, and families in Anchorage and Fairbanks who need access to the military bases in those communities.

    January 22, 2018 - passengers with a driver’s license issued by a state that is still not compliant with the REAL ID Act (and has not been granted an extension) will need to show an alternative form of acceptable identification for domestic air travel to board their flight. Passengers with driver’s licenses issued by a state that is compliant with REAL ID (or a state that has been issued an extension) will still be able to use their driver’s licenses or identification cards.

    Starting October 1, 2020, every air traveler will need a REAL ID-compliant license, or another acceptable form of identification, for domestic air travel.


Why haven’t we become compliant with homeland security until now?
    We have not been allowed to spend any money to become compliant due the AK Law in 2008 prohibiting it.
When can I get a REAL ID Card?
    Even after we are approved to produce the cards it will take us another year before we can actually start producing the cards.
Is REAL ID just a way to create a national database?
    No. REAL ID is a national set of standards, not a national identification card. REAL ID does not create a federal database of driver license information. Each jurisdiction continues to issue its own unique license, maintains its own re cords, and controls who gets access to those records and under what circumstances. The purpose of REAL ID is to make our identity documents more consistent and secure.
Will I have to show documents again when I get a REAL ID card?
    Yes. They will be required to bring proof the first time or at anytime a major change is made, ie name change.
Will I be able to get a card that is non-compliant or will I have to get a REAL ID?
    Yes. They will be required to bring proof the first time or at anytime a major change is made, ie name change.
Will the card have a chip in it?
    No. REAL ID cards do not have a chip in them.
What does TSA Accept?
    Adult passengers 18 and over must show valid identification at the airport checkpoint in order to travel.
    • Driver's licenses or other state photo identity cards issued by Department of Motor Vehicles (or equivalent)
    • U.S. passport
    • U.S. passport card
    • DHS trusted traveler cards (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST)
    • U.S. military ID (active duty or retired military and their dependents, and DoD civilians)
    • Permanent resident card
    • Border crossing card
    • DHS-designated enhanced driver's license
    • Airline or airport-issued ID (if issued under a TSA-approved security plan)
    • Federally recognized, tribal-issued photo ID
    • HSPD-12 PIV card
    • Foreign government-issued passport
    • Canadian provincial driver's license or Indian and Northern Affairs Canada card
    • Transportation worker identification credential
    • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Employment Authorization Card (I-766)
    • U.S. Merchant Mariner Credential

Revised 01/26/2017