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What is the current status of REAL ID in Alaska?
    Alaska has an extension for REAL ID enforcement, allowing Federal Agencies to accept driver’s licenses and identifications cards from Alaska. The DMV is currently working with Homeland Security to get an extension for another year as we work towards developing the systems to produce these compliant documents on January 1, 2019.DHS REAL ID Enforcement: Alaska
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.
What’s Happening with REAL ID?
  • It has passed and the Governor signed into law on May 19th, 2017.
  • The first REAL ID driver’s licenses and ID cards will not be produced until January 1, 2019.
Can I get a REAL ID/DL today?
    No, DMV is going to take a bit of time to update our systems and changes our internal processes. The law will not go into effect until January 1, 2019.
Will I still be able to get on base and fly with my current DL/ID?
    Yes, we are in the process of requesting an extension. The State of Alaska has applied for another extension with the Department of Homeland Security to allow Alaskan’s the ability to continue to use their current DL/ID’s. 18 other states currently have extensions. The DMV will continue to work with Homeland Security for extensions until we are able to produce the cards January 1, 2019
Do I have to get a REAL ID/DL?
    No, you do not. That is the great thing about our new law, you have a choice.
How much will a REAL ID/DL cost?
    The cost will be an additional $20 on top of the current fees.
Do I have to come in to apply for a REAL ID/DL?
    Yes, even if you have a current DL/ID in the state of Alaska, when we start the process everyone will need to come in and present their documents to get a REAL ID or Driver’s License.
What documents will I need?
    Primary documents are the most important documents to prove your legal and name and date of birth.
  • An original or certified copy of a U.S. birth certificate (From Vital Statistics)
  • Passport or passport card issued by the United States or US Territory
  • A foreign passport with appropriate immigration status forms issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service
  • A resident alien, temporary resident alien, or employment work authorization document issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service
  • U.S. military identification for active duty, retiree, or reservist
  • Certificate of Citizenship, Naturalization, or Birth Abroad
Important Dates to Remember:

    We have a current extension with Homeland Security and will work to continue to get extensions until the cards are available in Alaska on January 1, 2019.

    January 1, 2019 – First Date that Alaskans can apply for a REAL ID credential.

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

Is REAL ID just a way to create a national database?
    No. REAL ID does NOT create a federal database of driver license information and does not create national identification cards. REAL ID is a set of national standards for issuing licenses and identification cards . Each jurisdiction continues to issue its own unique license, maintains its own records, 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 the card have a chip in it?
    No. REAL ID cards do not have a chip in them.

Revised 06/19/2017

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