Real ID application process begins January 7th

Posted at 8:12 PM, Dec 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-27 23:17:04-05

Montanans can start to apply for a REAL ID in January. REAL ID compliant driver licenses have a gold star in the upper right-hand corner. Montanans can apply for a REAL ID beginning in January 7th.

Montana REAL ID compliant IDs are required to fly domestically and access federal facilities by October 2020.

The Montana Motor Vehicle Division recently launched a public information campaign, featuring TV and radio announcements, social media posts, online ads, and print materials. A new website dedicated to REAL ID information and services was also created. It’s a collaboration between MVD and Montana State University-Billings staff and students.

“MVD’s partnership with MSU-Billings provides the citizens of Montana with information about the availability, costs, and potential benefits of choosing to get a REAL ID compliant driver’s license or ID. We encourage Montanans to explore their options before making a decision,” MVD Administrator Sarah Garcia said.

The student-led campaign, which was developed over the course of two semesters, features explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark as they try to navigate Montana without REAL IDs.

“This was a wonderful opportunity for MSU-Billings to collaborate with MVD. We took this opportunity to enhance classroom learning while at the same time used the students’ fresh perspectives to enhance the campaign’s effectiveness through this unique partnership,” MSU-Billings professor Dr. Sarah Keller said in a news release.

Click here to learn more at the Montana REAL ID website, or call 406-444-3933.