LANSING ― Michigan residents will need to get a new driver’s license or state ID card by 2020 if they want to fly or enter federal buildings.
The Secretary of State will begin taking applications next Monday, Aug. 28 for the new driver’s licenses.
Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, the government will not allow Michigan residents carrying a driver’s license or ID card that does not comply with the REAL ID Act to board domestic flights, enter federal buildings, nuclear plants or military bases unless they have another accepted identity document.
The new licenses will feature a gold star in the upper right-hand corner or an American flag on Michigan Enhanced driver’s licenses. There is no extra fee to get a REAL ID-compliant license.
“Without a card accepted by the federal government, Michigan residents will face the inconvenience and extra expense of having to get a passport or another accepted document to fly or visit federal buildings,” Secretary of State Ruth Johnson said in a statement. “To avoid future headaches for travelers, we will offer a compliant card for those who want one, and, for those who don’t, we still have the standard card for normal identification purposes.”
The REAL ID Act was passed in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks and based on recommendations from the 9/11 Commission.
Here’s how to get a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license.