HONOLULU — The state Department of Transportation in coordination with the federal Transportation Security Administration and county agencies remind the public of the Oct. 1, 2020 date to obtain a REAL ID-compliant Hawaii driver’s license or state identification card with the star in a gold circle marking.
Every person traveling domestically on a commercial airline will need to present a REAL ID-compliant credential or another acceptable form of identification by Oct. 1, 2020, pursuant to the REAL ID Act, which was passed by Congress in 2005.
If people want to continue using their driver’s licenses for federal identification purposes, such as boarding a commercial aircraft after the deadline, they must have the star in a gold circle on them.
“We want people to know there is about a year remaining until the federal deadline to update your identification. While there is time, we don’t want people to wait until the last minute,” said state DOT Director Jade Butay.
“People should also be aware the driver’s license is not their only option. There are various other acceptable identifications that will work to allow you on a plane.”
Hawaii began issuing REAL ID-complaint licenses and state identification cards on Jan. 16, 2018.