Star Card - Idaho's REAL ID
The Idaho Transportation Department is now issuing Star Cards. This site will help you determine if getting a Star Card is right for you, and what documents you'll need, using the "Add the Star" tool.
Beginning October 1, 2020, you will need to have a license or Identification (ID) card with the Star or another accepted form of identification, such as a passport, to fly commercially within the United States or access a federal facility, national laboratory, or military base. A U.S. passport will still be required to fly internationally.
The Star Card is an Idaho driver’s license or ID that adds a Star to verify compliance with REAL ID security standards. Passed by Congress in 2005, the REAL ID Act requires uniform standards for credentials, such as driver’s licenses and identification cards. The standards focus on proof of identity and the documents you must provide to verify you are who you say you are.
STAR CARD Quick Facts
A license or ID without a Star can still be used for most functions, just not for airport security to fly commercially or access to federal buildings, including military bases after Oct. 1, 2020. Go to Choosing not to get a Star Card for a list of alternative documents that allow you to fly commercially or access a federal facility without getting a Star Card.
The only visual difference between the current Idaho driver’s license and ID card design and the Star Card is the Star on the right hand side of the card. Both allow you to legally drive and prove your identity for tasks like buying alcohol, obtaining social services, or registering to vote.
Star Card will be available beginning in early 2018 in Idaho at the same locations where you get a driver’s license or ID card. Obtaining a Star Card requires more documents than the process to get a license or identification (ID) card without the star.
You will need to provide documents such as a birth certificate, social security card, and two proofs of Idaho residency such as a mortgage statement, or current utility bill to verify:
- Your identity
- Your Social Security number
- Your Idaho residency
- An acceptable photo identity document
Go to Acceptable Documents for a full list of the documents you can use to get the Star or use the Add the Star tool to develop a personal list of the documents you will need. Simply answer a few questions and the system will create a customized list of documents you need to bring with you to the DMV to get a Star Card.