How to get a REAL ID card

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Starting October of next year, Massachusetts residents will need a REAL ID to board an airplane or enter a secure federal facility. 

These REAL ID driver’s licenses and identification cards have a star in the upper right corner inside a gold circle.

According to the Transportation Security Administration, this change is being made to make it harder for terrorists to use fake IDs. But, one man told 22News he thinks it’ll cause problems. 

“A lot of people have to go to court,” said Dennis Noel of Palmer. “And if you don’t have that paperwork or that star on your license, then you can’t go in.”

To get a REAL ID, people can go to the RMV, or a participating AAA location, but don’t forget to bring all of the required documents. 

“I really urge people to go online, and read what the qualifications and requirements are before they come in,” said Sandra Marsian, the vice president of AAA Pioneer Valley. “Make sure they are prepared. It’s going to eliminate frustration for them and expediate the process when they come in.”

You can find a list of required documents here.

There is no price difference between a standard driver’s license and a REAL ID. Connecticut residents will also need a REAL ID to fly starting October 1, 2020. 

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