Yearlong push for Granite Staters to get REAL-ID licenses now under way

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Current driver's licenses or non-driver identification cards will be accepted until May 7, 2025. (Courtesy image)
MANCHESTER The New Hampshire Department of Safety's Division of Motor Vehicles, in conjunction with Manchester-Boston Regional Airport and the Transportation Security Administration, announced on Tuesday the launch of a yearlong campaign encouraging Granite Staters to receive a REAL ID-compliant driver's license or identification card.
Effective May 7, 2025, a federally compliant driver's license or non-driver identification card, or a passport, will be required for all travelers 18 years of age or older to board an airplane for domestic flights. A REAL ID-compliant license or identification will also be required to enter a secure federal facility, according to a statement sent out by DMV. A REAL ID driver's license or non-driver identification card will be marked with a star in the top right corner to indicate it may be used for federal identification.
"New Hampshire residents with driver's licenses or non-driver identification cards that expire prior to May 7, 2025, may wait until their renewal to switch to REAL ID," said Division of Motor Vehicles Director John Marasco. "If their renewal falls after May 7, 2025, they should plan to make the switch as soon as possible and make an appointment at one of our 14 DMV branch locations."
While REAL ID is voluntary in New Hampshire, residents should consider it if they want to travel by air domestically or enter a secure federal facility (such as a military base or courthouse) and they do not have a passport or other federal identification, or if they do not wish to use their passport for these purposes.
"REAL ID is a testament to our country's ongoing commitment to safety and security, especially within our airports," said MHT Airport Director Ted Kitchens, A.A.E. "By having a REAL ID, you are helping to ensure a seamless travel experience while upholding the highest standards of identification verification. We encourage everyone to make sure they are REAL ID-compliant before next year so they can continue to easily fly MHT and beyond."
Current driver's licenses or non-driver identification cards will be accepted until May 7, 2025. Following the enforcement deadline, federal agencies, including the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), will be prohibited from accepting driver's licenses and identification cards that do not meet federal standards.
"Beginning May 8, 2024, TSA will enter a REAL ID Pre-Enforcement stage," said Kieran Flynn, TSA's Federal Security Director for the State of New Hampshire. "TSA Officers will proactively provide information to passengers who do not present a REAL ID Compliant state-issued driver's license or identification. These efforts are in preparation of REAL ID enforcement, which will occur on May 7, 2025. Passengers can log on to for a full list of acceptable IDs for air travel."
In New Hampshire, applicants will need to visit a DMV branch and bring the required documentation to receive their REAL ID license. Further information is available at and

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