As of January 2019, the state of Montana has started issuing REAL ID driver’s licenses and ID cards. This new form of identification is designed to be more secure both for our country and for your personal identity. That being said, many residents of Montana are unsure of how this new form of identification will affect them. In today’s post, we will discuss the basics of what you need to know about the REAL ID and how it will affect you.

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What Is REAL ID?

When you look at a REAL ID, you may notice that it looks similar to a standard Montana driver’s license. Despite the similarities in appearance, a REAL ID and a driver’s license and quite different. The REAL ID is a result of the Federal REAL ID Act of 2005. This act came into play after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, where many of those responsible possessed United States driver’s licenses. In response, the REAL ID was created to protect both national and personal security.

In order to obtain your REAL ID, you will need to provide numerous documents that prove your identity, that you are a citizen of the United States, and that you are a resident of Montana. Providing these documents will make it harder for others to steal your identity. Additionally, the REAL ID will contain more information and will give you permission to enter federal facilities and board a domestic flight.

The Benefits of a REAL ID

As a resident of the state of Montana, you are not required to obtain a REAL ID. While receiving a REAL ID is completely your choice, it’s in your best interest to exchange your Montana driver’s license for this new form of identification. As we mentioned above, the REAL ID will grant you access to federal facilities, as well as domestic flights. Because you need to provide numerous documents proving your identity when you apply for the REAL ID, it makes the card more secure.

Another benefit of obtaining the REAL ID is that it is more secure for your identity. In order to obtain a standard license, you only have to provide one form of proof of identity, usually your passport or birth certificate. However, with the REAL ID, you will need to provide proof of identification, proof of name, date, and birth, as well as two forms of Montana residency. While it may not seem like much of a difference, the added documents will help keep your identity more secure.

Do I Need the REAL ID?

Because it is your choice whether or not you obtain the REAL ID, many residents of Montana are wondering whether or not it is really necessary. As of May 3rd, 2023, the REAL ID will be a requirement for anyone wishing to access federal facilities and board domestic flights. That being said, those who already have a passport may choose not to obtain a REAL ID, as passports are an accepted form of identification. Additionally, if you do not fly domestically, or you have no need to access federal facilities, you may choose to use a standard driver’s license instead of the REAL ID. Ultimately, the choice is yours.

Learn More at MVD Express!

If you have any questions about the REAL ID or where you can get one, MVD Express is here to help! We offer a variety of motor vehicle services for residents throughout Billings and the surrounding area, and we are more than happy to answer any questions that you may have. In addition to our extensive services, we also provide shorter wait times and friendly customer service. We know that going to the MVD is not your favorite thing in the world, and we want to make your experience with us as pleasant as possible. Visit our website to learn more, or visit MVD Express is Billings today!