¡Important! Updates on COVID-19 here
Real ID Requirements...
REAL ID
REAL ID Requirements, location and Hours
DEADLINE October 1, 2021




REAL ID requirements in Alaska



Important update about COVID-19

Alaska last news about COVID-19:

More info


ALASKA

Alaska Complies with the REAL ID Standards.

This State is coordinated with the Federal Government and highly involved in achieving a more secure country for all american territories, and to help prevent terrorists attacks using fraudulent IDs. Every State improves with the goal of a safest country and frontiers.

Go to the official state page

WHAT IS THE REAL ID, AND WHEN IS IT STARTING TO BE ISSUED in Alaska?

<strong>REAL ID</strong> info in Alaska

From the last quarter of this year, every State will have to start issuing a new identification card called REAL ID, which is a new type of identification with more secure standards on its issue process. Whenever a person needs to identify him/herself with official purposes, like i.e. if someone needs to enter a federal facility, board a commercial aircraft or enter a Nuclear power plant, he or she will have to present a REAL ID card.

The deadline to get your REAL ID card is set to October 1st 2021, by this time it is set that all the different States will be issuing them, and every legal resident in the United States would have to have this new type of identification to be able to move around the United States.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will give all States until October 1st 2021 to start to issue this new Identification cards according to the REAL ID standards, for that reason, the Department of Homeland Security is working really hard with all States to help them to comply the standards by the deadline.

These new REAL ID cards are not a national identification card, and in any case create a centralized federal database. You will have to know clearly that every State will keep issuing their own cards with their own characteristics and will keep having their own records.

In some States, the security Standards are already set up to the REAL ID ones, so in this States, the card issue will work as a REAL ID. These States are: New York, Vermont, Minnesota, Michigan and Washington.

The process to obtaining your REAL ID is very similar to the one you go through when applying to a regular ID, in most of the States you will have to make an appointment and present enough evidence of your american citizenship or legal residence in america, apart from the documentation with your full name, date of birth, Social Security Number, address and legal Status.

If you are not sure that your ID is compliant with the REAL ID Identification card, you can check if your card has one of these marks.

If you are not sure that your ID card complies with the REAL ID, just make an appointment and ask your agency before risking yourself to being denied to entrance any facility or in case you need to fly around the States. In this last case, if you still do not have ready your REAL ID for October 1st, you can still travel around using your passport; the Transportation Security Administration website offers some other interested information you may check before your flight.

WHO IS ENTITLED TO HAVE THIS NEW REAL ID CARD in Alaska?

Every American citizen must have a REAL ID card or an Identification card that is compliant with the REAL ID model.

You may find that some States can issue some identification cards to non citizens or Undocumented immigrants,if this is your case, the REAL ID allows some States to issue driver's licenses and IDs for you, always with some different characteristics and or another color. If you want to check if there is a chance for you to get a REAL ID for yourself, we recommend you to visit the DHS website to check what are your options.

Another group of people that can apply for these cards are all of those with an Employment Authorization Document. They can apply for a REAL ID card which will be temporary until its expiration date. (In this case you will also need to be in possession of a Social Security Number).

The REAL ID Act has been modified with some additions to it, so if you are not sure you are entitled to have this Identification card, we recommend you to ask for assistance to you local State Agency or to visit the DHS website.

WHAT IF I HAVE A FLIGHT BOOKED?

If you are planning to fly around the States after October 1 2021, you must keep in mind that a REAL ID will be demanded by the authorities to go through the checkpoint at the airport, if you are not in possession of the new REAL ID, you may be allowed to board and Aircraft by using the passport as an alternative way to be identified, other way your boarding will be rejected. On the other hand, if you plan to fly before this date, the DHS and the TSA will allow you to travel with your current driver's license or the regular identification card issued by your State.

The REAL ID is not required by children under 18 years old travelling accompanied, in this case, a valid ID will be enough to cross the security at the airport.

The REAL ID card does not replace a passport in any case, we have to leave clear that if you are travelling internationally, i.e into Canada or Mexico, or if you are boarding an international cruise, a passport will be the document to present as a valid identification. The REAL ID card can only be used to travel inside the United States, not to cross the border.

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO GET YOUR REAL ID?

As I told you before, if you are an American citizen or legal resident of the United States, you must obtain your REAL ID before OCtober 1st 2021. With this purpose, the following documentation will be required for your State agency:

  • ID with full name and date of birth - Passport if you are from a foreign country with a valid VISA.
  • Social Security Number - If you are from a foreign country, you will be required to bring your Employer Authorization Document or any valid document that allows you to work and reside in the States for a certain period of time.
  • 2 receipts/proofs of your principal local address - It is really important that you bring two.
  • Document of your Legal Status - you need to bring any proof in the case you are married, divorced or whichever your situation is.

Keep in mind that the process for obtaining or renewing your REAL ID card, will be in person, and it is not acceptable to do it remotely. Every State is in charge of their own database needed to issue the REAL ID card, so keeping that in mind, you may want to check your State specific requirements before your appointment.

WHAT OPTION DO I HAVE IF MY STATE DOES NOT COMPLY WITH THE REAL ID?

There will be possible solutions for you if by the time October comes your State doesn’t comply with the Standards of the new REAL ID - Please bear in mind that all States are now working really closely with the DHS to issue REAL ID cards by the deadline.

One of the possible Options for you is to report your situation to the DHS: THere will be some States that already applied for an extension of time to comply with all this new security standards, that’s why, if you are not sure your State had been granted an extension, you can ask the DHS about the situation so they can help you and asses you ASAP.

You can be granted with a regular ID card that does not comply with the REAL ID standards, in this case, you can make a good use of your ID, and it will be valid for certain purposes but NOT FOR OFFICIAL ONES (The ID must have an inscription informing that the card is not valid for "Official purposes"), so in case you need to board an aircraft for a regional flight for example, you will have to use your passport.

The Enhanced Driver's License:

If you live in New York, Washington, Minnesota, Michigan or Vermont, you may already have your enhanced driver's license. These kinds of cards are acceptable as Border-crossing documents and are only issued by the States of Washington, New York, Minnesota, Vermont and Michigan. The Secretary of Homeland Security established these cards as acceptable to enter the States by land and sea ports complying with the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, this is due to the fact that this particular card is issued in a secure process, like the REAL ID ones, and that includes new technologies like a Radio Frequency Identification Chip.

REAL ID COMPLIANCE in Alaska



Search REAL ID offices in Alaska by county

REAL ID requirements by state

Select your state to obtain local information and requirements about REAL ID.