Star Card – Idaho’s REAL ID

Dec 21, 2017

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In 2005, Congress passed the REAL ID Act. Basically this Act requires a higher standard of proof of identity than was previously required on your driver license or state ID card. To comply with these requirements, Idaho will be introducing the Star Card in early 2018.

Beginning October 1, 2020, you will need to have a Star Card or another accepted form of ID, such as a passport, to fly commercially or access a federal facility, national laboratory, or military base. Your current Idaho driver license or ID card is not an accepted form of ID for these purposes.

The Star Card is not mandatory. A license or ID without the Star can still be used for most functions, but it cannot be used for airport security to fly commercially or access federal buildings, including military bases after October 1, 2020.

If you choose to obtain a new Star Card, will will need to provide proof of identification. Go to for a full list of the documents you can use as acceptable proof of identification.

You are eligible to renew your license or ID up to 25 months prior to the date your license expires.

The Star Card will be available at the same locations where you get a driver license or ID card.

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