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Star Card - Idaho's REAL ID

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STAR CARD Quick Facts


You will be required to have a Star Card, U.S. Passport, or military ID when boarding a commercial flight. Without a Star Card or other form of accepted, government issued identification that complies with REAL ID requirements, you will be turned away after October 1, 2020.

Only a Star Card allows you to board a commercial flight or access federal facilities such as a military base or national laboratory without an alternative form of accepted, government issued identification that complies with the REAL ID Act.

A current Idaho driver's license (non Star Card) will allow you to legally drive and prove your identity for tasks like buying alcohol, obtaining social services, or registering to vote. Please visit Choosing not to get a Star Card for a list of alternative documentation that you will be required to provide if you do not have a Star Card prior to October 1, 2020.

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The only visual difference between the current Idaho driver's license design and the Star Card is the Star on the upper right hand side of the card. Only a Star Card allows you to board a commercial flight or access federal facilities such as a military base or national laboratory without an alternative form of accepted, government issued identification that complies with the REAL ID Act. A current Idaho driver's license (non Star Card) will allow you to legally drive and prove your identity for tasks like buying alcohol, obtaining social services, or registering to vote.

The Star Card is now available in Idaho at the same locations where you can get a driver's license or ID card. Obtaining a Star Card is a simple and straightforward process. Simply click here to get started.

You will be asked to verify:

  • Your identity
  • Your Social Security number
  • Your Idaho residency

Sample documentation that can be used for identity verification include birth certificate, social security card, and proofs of Idaho residency such as a mortgage statement, or current utility bill.

Please visit Acceptable Documents for a full list of the documents that you can use to get the Star Card. Accessing the Add the Star tool helps you develop a personalized list of documents to start the process. Simply answer the questions and the system will create a customized list of documents for you to bring with you when visiting the DMV and getting your Star Card.