5Montana and REAL ID

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 May 7, 2025. Alternative options, such as a passport or passport card, are acceptable forms of identification as well.

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.  

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 of whether or not to get a REAL ID, but REAL ID is all about convenience.

-- REAL ID ensures your access to domestic flights and federal facilities is uninterrupted.

-- REAL is more than identification; it is security for your identity.

More information on obtaining a Montana REAL ID.