In just over a year, Montanans who use their state-issued Driver's License Card or State-ID Card to fly commercially or visit federal facilities will run into an issue.

Here in Montana, we've been reminded about Real ID now and again... seemingly once a year, or so, preparing us for the (pushed back) changeover date.


What is Real ID?

According to, the Real ID ACT established minimum security standards for issuing licenses, production, and prohibits certain federal agencies from accepting (for certain purposes) driver's licenses and ID cards from states that do not meet the Act's minimum standards.

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Do I need a Real ID?

To figure out whether you need to upgrade your ID to a Real ID, or not, has a handy tool for you to use. Click the button below to give it a go.

And, remember, other forms of identification work instead of a REAL ID, such as your passport or passport card. Tap the button below to view all TSA-Approved Identification.

How to get a REAL ID in Montana

If you need to get a Real ID before May 7th, 2025 here in Montana... you have a few options.

What are your thoughts?

Do you have a REAL ID? Do you plan on getting one before the deadline? Let us know on App Chat or on Facebook.

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