Are You Ready for REAL ID ?
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Are You Ready for REAL ID ?

SAGINAW BAY UNDERWRITERS AUTO INSURANCE REAL ID

An important deadline is coming this fall.

Starting on October 1, 2021, a standard Michigan driver’s license or state ID card will no longer be acceptable forms of identification to:

  • Travel by air within the United States
  • Enter U.S. federal facilities, nuclear power plants or military bases
  • Re-enter the country by land or sea from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda or the Caribbean

You will instead need an enhanced driver’s license or state ID, or some other REAL ID-compliant form of identification. These include:

  • A passport or passport card
  • A permanent resident card
  • A DHS trusted traveler card

See the entire list of REAL ID-compliant documents 

By way of background information for this upcoming deadline, the REAL ID Act is a federal requirement that was designed to protect airports, federal facilities, nuclear power plants and military facilities.

REAL ID-Compliant Licenses & State ID Cards

For many people in Michigan, the simplest solution will be to make your driver’s license or state ID card REAL ID-compliant.

Doing so is a simple process and there is no extra fee as long as it’s done at your normal renewal time. However, you will need to make an in-person appointment to show the required documents.

See “Turn your license or ID into a REAL ID”

Please note that once your license or ID is REAL ID-compliant, it will be printed with a gold star to indicate its compliance.

Also note that a standard license or ID card – even a REAL ID-compliant version with a star – is still not acceptable to re-enter the country by land or sea from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda or the Caribbean. If you’d like to use your license or ID card for this purpose, you will need an enhanced driver’s license or state ID, as mentioned above.

This helpful chart courtesy of Michigan.gov will explain the differences between standard, compliant and enhanced licenses and IDs:

Making the Complex Simple

Are you ready for REAL ID?

Contact us if we can help with this or anything else related to your auto insurance needs.

Saginaw Bay Underwriters has made every attempt to ensure this information has been obtained from reliable sources. Image via Michigan.gov. Current as of: March 2021