Your driver’s license is more than just a piece of plastic. Not only does it grant you the authority to legally operate a vehicle, but it also serves as one of the most important pieces of identification that you can carry. Starting in May 2023, you’ll need to give your Delaware driver’s license a significant upgrade to become a REAL ID.
After 9/11, the conversation on everyone’s mind was how we can create a better system that ensures and protects national security interests. As a result of these conversations—and following solid recommendations from the 9/11 Commission—Congress drafted and enacted the REAL ID ACT in 2005. This act strives to create a new standard for identification purposes across the country, including driver’s licenses.
While the enforcement of this law has been slow due to the world’s current events, the act is set to be codified and enforced starting in 2023.
Beginning on May 3, 2023, a state-issued REAL ID will be required across the country to gain entry to the following spaces:
While the first two may or may not affect you directly, chances are you’ll still want to get your license upgraded to avoid any future inconveniences. If you’re planning on using your license as proof of identification to board a domestic flight, however, after the Spring 2023 deadline, your regular license just won’t cut it.
How to get a Delaware REAL ID
To change or obtain a Delaware REAL ID, you’ll want to do the following:
The fee of changing your standard non-federally verified license into a federally compliant REAL ID is $20. However, for a first-time license application, the price of a compliant driver’s license or ID and standard non-compliant ID or license will remain the same at $40.
How to save money on car insurance in Delaware
All you have to do is download the Jerry app and answer a few questions, and you’ll be on your way to saving big bucks on your car insurance, so you can get back out there and enjoy the ride—no matter where you go.