VIDEO: Real ID available starting July 1

Tennessee REAL ID will be required to fly starting October 2020 (
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Tennessee's new ID types called Real ID will be available starting July 1, 2019.

The Real ID features a gold star in the top right corner. Other driver's licenses issued after July 1 will be marked with the phrase "NOT FOR FEDERAL IDENTIFICATION."

Starting in October of 2020 anyone who does not have the gold star on their ID will not be able to fly, enter a military base, or enter certain federal buildings using their old
For those who need a real ID but their license is not expired, it can be obtained for the cost of a duplicate which is $8. Otherwise, it will be available upon renewal for the normal cost of $28.

In order to obtain the Real ID, the applicant must present proof of citizenship, proof of a full social security number, and two proofs of Tennessee residency. A list of acceptable documents is available here.

For those who do not have a Real ID after October 2020, there are several alternative forms of identification that can be used to board an airplane instead. According to TSA's website, the following will be accepted:

- U.S. passport
- U.S. passport card
- DHS trusted traveler cards (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST)
- U.S. Department of Defense ID, including IDs issued to dependents
- Permanent resident card
- Border crossing card
- DHS-designated enhanced driver's license
- 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

Learn more about TSA requirements here.