Starting January 2019, Montana will begin issuing REAL ID driver licenses and ID cards. Learn if Montana REAL ID is the right choice for you!

Is REAL ID for me?

You are not required to get a Montana REAL ID compliant license or ID; however, a Montana REAL ID compliant license or ID or another acceptable form of identification is required to fly domestically and access federal facilities by October 2020. Alternative options, such as a passport or passport card, are acceptable forms of identification as well. Here are some reasons why choosing to upgrade your Montana license or ID to REAL ID can be beneficial for you…

It's your choice to get a REAL ID or not but REAL ID is all about convenience
REAL ID ensures your access to domestic flights and federal facilities is uninterrupted
REAL ID is more than identification, it's security for your identity

So, What’s the REAL Difference?

REAL ID Credential

REAL ID compliant driver licenses and ID cards have a gold star in the upper right-hand corner of the license to indicate it is REAL ID compliant. This is the only physical difference from a non-compliant credential, but it allows airport and federal officials to quickly identify the card.

Standard Credential

Montana credentials already provide a high level of identity security and fraud deterrence. The only physical difference with non-compliant driver licenses and ID cards, issued after January 2019, is the text, “NOT FOR FEDERAL IDENTIFICATION PURPOSES,” in the upper right-hand corner.

1. Documents

Ensure you have all required documents to apply for REAL ID

2. Appointment

Appointments are not available yet, but you can sign up for our email notification

3. Apply

Bring all required documents and fill out an application at your appointment

REAL ID costs
+License fees
Get A First time MT license
Don't have a Montana driver license or ID card?
Getting a Montana license or ID card for the first time
Transferring an out-of-state license or ID to Montana
+License fees
Change license Near Expiration
Have a Montana license or ID card expiring soon?
Your MT license or ID card expires in the next 6 months
Your MT license or ID expired less than 3 months ago
+License fees
Change license not Expiring
Have a Montana license or ID card that won't expire for awhile?
Your MT license or ID is more than 6 months from expiring
Your MT license or ID expired more than 3 months ago
+License fees
Renew / Replace a REAL ID
Already have a Montana REAL ID driver license or ID card?
When replacing your current MT REAL ID license or ID
When renewing your current MT REAL ID driver license

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REAL ID Military Base
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REAL ID Required to Fly
REAL ID Required to Fly

REAL ID required after October, 2020.


Captain Clark explains REAL ID fees.

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Flying Internationally

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