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Will your license fly on October 1, 2020? Learn how you can obtain a Real ID before the deadline.

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Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, a Real ID-compliant driver’s license, permit, or identification card will be required to board commercial airplanes or enter certain federal facilities. A Real ID is indicated by the star in the upper right-hand corner of your driver’s license, permit, or state identification card.

To obtain a Real ID, Hoosiers must visit a BMV branch and provide the following documentation:


Identity

ONE proof of identity is required.

The most common documents you can use to prove your identity include:

  • United States birth certificate. Must be an original or certified copy filed with a U.S. state or territory office of vital statistics or equivalent agency in your state of birth. Puerto Rican-born citizens must provide a birth certificate issued on or after July 1, 2010.
  • Unexpired United States passport.
  • Foreign passport with a visa and I-94 form.
  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad.

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Proving a Change in Name, Date of Birth, or Gender

If your current legal name, date of birth, or gender is different from what is displayed on your identity or lawful status document, you must show legal proof of the changes made. Acceptable documents supporting a change include:

NAME

  • Marriage license.
  • Divorce decree.
  • Court order approving a change of legal name or date of birth.
  • An original or certified copy of an amended birth certificate showing a change of name.

DATE OF BIRTH

  • Court order approving a change of legal name or date of birth.
  • An original or certified copy of an amended birth certificate showing a change in date of birth.

GENDER

  • A certified, amended birth certificate; or
  • A Physician’s Statement of Gender ChangeState Form 55617, completed in its entirety by both the applicant and the physician; or
  • A physician’s signed and dated statement, on letterhead, that includes the language from 140 IAC 7-1.1-3 “<insert customer’s name> successfully underwent all treatment necessary to permanently change <insert customer’s name> gender from <insert prior gender> to <insert new gender>.”

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Lawful Status

ONE proof of lawful status is required. In most cases, the document presented to prove your identity will also prove your lawful status in the United States.

The most common documents used to prove your lawful status include:

  • United States birth certificate. Must be an original or certified copy filed with a U.S. state or territory office of vital statistics or equivalent agency in your state of birth.  Puerto Rican-born citizens must provide a birth certificate issued on or after July 1, 2010.
  • Unexpired United States passport.
  • Foreign passport with a visa and I-94 form.
  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad.

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Social Security

ONE proof of social security is required.

The most common documents you can use to prove your social security include:

  • Social Security card.
  • W-2 form.
  • SSA-1099 form.
  • Non-SSA-1099 form.
  • Pay stub with your name and Social Security number on it.
  • Social Security Administration documents establishing that you are ineligible for a Social Security number.

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Indiana Residency

TWO documents proving your Indiana residency are required. Individuals must be a legal resident of Indiana to obtain a Real ID.

The most common documents proving your Indiana residency include:

  • Computer-generated bill from a utility company, credit card company, doctor, or hospital, issued within 60 days of the date you visit a BMV branch, and containing your name and address of residence.
  • Bank statement.
  • Pre-printed pay stub.
  • Medicaid or Medicare benefit statement.

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Have you ever changed your name? Whether it is through adoption, marriage, divorce, a court order or other means you are required to show proof of you name change through legal documents. 

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If your current legal name, date of birth, or gender is different from what is displayed on your identity or lawful status document, you must show legal proof of the changes made.

Acceptable documents supporting a change include:

NAME

  • Marriage license.
  • Divorce decree.
  • Court order approving a change of legal name or date of birth.
  • An original or certified copy of an amended birth certificate showing a change of name.

DATE OF BIRTH

  • Court order approving a change of legal name or date of birth.
  • An original or certified copy of an amended birth certificate showing a change in date of birth.

GENDER

  • A certified, amended birth certificate; or
  • A Physician’s Statement of Gender ChangeState Form 55617, completed in its entirety by both the applicant and the physician; or
  • A physician’s signed and dated statement, on letterhead, that includes the language from 140 IAC 7-1.1-3 “<insert customer’s name> successfully underwent all treatment necessary to permanently change <insert customer’s name> gender from <insert prior gender> to <insert new gender>.”

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Need Help Understanding Document Requirements for Real ID?

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FAQs


  • When is the Real ID Deadline?

    October 1, 2020

  • Is a Real ID Required?

    Hoosiers applying for an Indiana driver’s license, permit, or identification card for the first time are required to obtain a Real ID. Indiana residents renewing, amending, or replacing their current Indiana driver’s license, permit, or identification card have the option of applying for a Real ID or a non-compliant driver’s license, permit, or identification card.

  • What is a Non-Compliant Driver’s License or ID Card?

    A non-compliant driver’s license, permit, or identification indicates you have not provided the documentation necessary to validate your identity, lawful status, Social Security number, and/or Indiana residency. Only individuals with a current Indiana credential are eligible to apply for a non-compliant credential.

    A non-compliant credential will allow you to drive and/or vote, but may not be acceptable for federal identification purposes.

  • What if I Cannot Find My Documents?

    If you do not have your birth certificate in your possession, contact your state or county Department of Health and request an original or certified copy. 

    If you do not have your social security card in your possession, you may request a replacement card from the Social Security Administration.

  • What If I am Unable to Provide Indiana Residency Documents?

    If you cannot provide two documents proving your Indiana residency you may submit an Indiana Residency Affidavit if you meet the following qualifications:

    • You are under the age of 18. An Indiana Residency Affidavit for you must be signed at a BMV branch by another person. The person signing the affidavit must submit their valid Indiana driver’s license or identification card, one document proving identity, and two documents proving Indiana residency.
    • You are at least 18 years old but cannot submit the required documents. An Indiana Residency Affidavit for you must be signed at a BMV branch by a person who you are living with. The person signing the affidavit must submit a valid Indiana driver's license or identification card, one document proving identity, and two documents proving Indiana residency.
    • You are incapacitated. An Indiana Residency Affidavit for you must be signed at a BMV branch by another person who is your legal guardian or caregiver, is at least 18 years old, and with whom you are living. The legal guardian or caregiver must submit a valid Indiana driver’s license or identification card, one document proving identity, and two documents proving Indiana residency.
    • You do not have an address of residence and you live at a group resident facility. An Indiana Residency Affidavit for you must be signed at a BMV branch by a legal representative of the group resident facility. You must also provide a letter from the group resident facility on its letterhead showing the facility’s name, address, and telephone number, and showing the legal representative’s name, signature, and signature date.
    • Homeless applicants without a residence address. You must complete a residency affidavit and provide a letter from the government entity or not-for-profit organization on its letterhead showing the facility’s name, address, and telephone number, and showing the legal representative’s name, signature, and signature date. The legal representative must state in the letter that the entity or organization provides services to the applicant and will accept delivery of mail for the applicant.
    • You reside in a motor vehicle, including, but not limited to, a mobile home or motor home. An Indiana Residency Affidavit for you must be signed at a license branch by another Indiana resident who attests that you may use his or her address of residence for record purposes. The person signing the affidavit must submit two documents proving Indiana residency. You must provide proof of paying Indiana income taxes for the current year or immediately prior year, and have current motor vehicle title and registration records with the BMV.
    • You have a rural route mail delivery address. You must provide a properly certified government-issued document showing your name and a description of the residence’s location.

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