The Department of Homeland Security has extended the REAL ID deadline. (CT DMV)
CONNECTICUT — The Department of Homeland Security announced that it is extending the Real ID enforcement deadline by a year to Oct. 1, 2021 due to the new coronavirus.
The previous deadline was for Oct. 1, 2020. People will either need a valid passport or REAL ID-compliant driver's license or state identification card to fly domestically and enter certain federal buildings by Oct. 1, 2021. The extension was directed by President Donald Trump.
"States across the country are temporarily closing or restricting access to DMVs. This action will preclude millions of people from applying for and receiving their REAL ID," said Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf in a statement.. "Extending the deadline will also allow the Department to work with Congress to implement needed changes to expedite the issuance of REAL IDs once the current health crisis concludes."
The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles started offering the Real ID option in 2011. Those looking to obtain a REAL ID need additional documents to establish citizens or legal permanent residence, an address and a legal name.
The Connecticut DMVclosed its branch offices to the public on March 18 in an effort to limit the spread of coronavirus. All expiring DMV credentials were granted a 90-day extension. It covers credentials that were set to expire between March 10 and June 8. It includes driver's licenses, learner's permits, identity cards, vehicle registrations and emission testing among other items.
Many people opt to use a combination of a Social Security card, two pieces of current mail (or computer-generated items such as bank statements) and a birth certificate or passport. Severaldifferent documentoptions are available.
Below is the full list of acceptable documents from the Connecticut DMV for a REAL ID: IDENTITY: You must present two (2) forms of identification; at least one of the documents must be from the Primary document list. PRIMARY document list US born
US or US Territory Birth Certificate or Registration of Birth (Hospital issued and Puerto Rico issued prior to July 1, 2010 not acceptable; foreign place of birth see Non-US Born)
US Passport or Passport Card
US Passport or Passport Card
Foreign Passport w/ supporting documents (See Legal Presence noted below)*
Certificate of Naturalization*
Certificate of Citizenship*
Permanent Resident Card*
US Consular Report of Birth Abroad (Issued by the Department of State)
FULL LEGAL NAME By law, the full name shown on the Primary document is your legal name and will be printed on your card. If your name is different than the Primary document. SECONDARY document list
Out of State US photo driver license
US Territory or Canadian photo driver license
Out of State US or Canadian issued photo learner permit
Connecticut issued non-driver identification card, driver license or learner permit
(Your driver license or ID may be required to be surrendered)
US Military ID or dependent card with photo
Connecticut State Permit to Carry Pistols or Revolvers
Military discharge/separation papers (DD-214)
Court Order: Must contain full name and date of birth (i.e. name change, adoption, marriage or civil union dissolution) Does not include abstract of criminal or civil conviction
Marriage or Civil Union Certificate (certified copy issued by town/city)
Pilot's license (issued by the US DOT Federal Aviation Administration)
Certified school transcript (school photo ID not acceptable)
Social Security Card (Not laminated or metal. 16 and older must sign)
CT Department of Corrections certificate (CN101503)
Baptismal certificate or similar document
State or Federal Employee Identification with signature and photo and/or physical description with or without date of birth
SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER: By law, you must present one of the following to prove your Social Security number. The 1099 or W-2 must show your full Social Security number and is only for proof of Social Security number, not identity.
Social Security card
W-2 form (issued within 5 years)
1099 (issued within 5 years)
Non-US Citizens not eligible for a Social Security number must present proof of ineligibility from the Social Security Administration.
CONNECTICUT RESIDENCY: You must provide two (2) different pieces of mail from two (2) different sources to prove your home is located in Connecticut. The documents do not need to include a postmarked envelope and may have been sent to a P.O. Box or by email. Both documents must:
Show your name and your Connecticut residence address
Be dated within 90 days (unless stated otherwise below)
Be computer generated (typed)
Postmarked mail (address may be handwritten)
Bill from a bank or mortgage company, utility company, credit card company, doctor or hospital
Bank statement or bank transaction receipt showing the bank's name and mailing address
Pre-printed pay stub showing your employer's name and address
Property or excise tax bill, or Social Security Administration or other pension or retirement annual benefits summary statement and dated within the previous 12 months
Medicaid or Medicare benefit statement
Current valid homeowner's, renter's policy or motor vehicle insurance card or policy dated within the previous 12 months
Current valid Connecticut motor vehicle registration
Current motor vehicle loan statement for a motor vehicle registered in your name
Residential mortgage or similar loan contract, lease or rental contract showing signatures from all parties needed to execute the agreement and dated within the previous 12 months
Connecticut voter registration card
Change-of-address confirmation from the United States Postal Service showing your prior and current address (Form CNL107)
Survey of your Connecticut property issued by a licensed surveyor
Official school records showing enrollment
Parents or legal guardian of minor (under 18) may provide any two of the foregoing documents addressed to the parent residing at same address to prove minor residency, or use their own CT driver license or ID which shows the same address as one of the two required.
LEGAL PRESENCE in the UNITED STATES (Non-US born): Legal status will be verified using Systematic Alien Verification of Eligibility (SAVE) which may take 10 business days or more.
US Passport or Passport Card
I-551 Stamp in foreign passport
Permanent Resident card or Resident Alien card
Employment Authorization card
Refugee Travel document
B1/B2 requires Employment Authorization Card and verified Adjustment of Status Application
F1 requires I-20 and I-94
J1 requires DS2019 and I-94
*Non-US Citizens not eligible for a Social Security number must present proof of ineligibility from the Social Security Administration and are not qualified for a verified driver license or ID card.
*Only US Citizens and Permanent Residents are eligible for a verified driver license or ID card.
*B1/B2 visitor status is NOT eligible to obtain a CT credential.
NAME CHANGE DOCUMENTS
Marriage or civil union certificate (certified copy issued by town/city)
Marriage or civil union dissolution
Probate court name change document
DHS Petition for Name Change (USCIS Form N-662)
Those who have a Real ID already don't need to go through the whole document process again. The Real ID law was passed as an extra layer of security against terrorists who would use false identification to fly or gain access to certain federal buildings. Residents who aren't due for a renewal can convert a license for a $30 duplicate fee. Real ID isavailableat the DMV and partner offices like DMV Express.