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Real ID – A message from the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office

Apr 8, 2021

Clerk Hanlon is reminding residents that the Federal REAL ID Act compliance deadline is approaching on October 1st of this year. The federal government enacted the REAL ID Act after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks to require better secure identification for domestic travel and access to certain federal facilities.

According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, starting October of 2021, you must have a REAL ID compliant driver license/ID to fly within the U.S., unless you use a U.S. passport or another federally approved form of identification. Until that date, a Standard New Jersey driver license will be valid for air travel within the U.S.

The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) is currently issuing REAL ID driver license/IDs by appointment only, which can be made on the MVC website at nj.gov/mvc/realid. Passport applications are accepted at the Monmouth County Clerk’s two nationally recognized Passport Offices in Freehold and Neptune by appointment only at this time. Please visit MonmouthCountyClerk.com for more information.