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Do you need a Real ID? When's the deadline? What to know for Kansas and Missouri

Lindsay Smith, The Kansas City Star on

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KANSAS — The deadline to get a Real ID in order to fly in the United States is less than a year away.

Real IDs can be identified by a gold star in the top right corner. The requirement was first passed by lawmakers in 2005 with the purpose of setting a minimum security standard when it came to state-issued identification.

After the deadline, no one will be able to fly in the United States or enter any federal facilities that require identification unless they have the proper ID. That includes passports and permanent residence cards as well as state-issued Real IDs.

The deadline has been pushed multiple times but now sits at May 7, 2025, for all states. If you already have the gold star, you don’t have to worry about doing anything to keep your credential. Otherwise, there are a few things you need to do in order to get this updated ID.

Do I need a Real ID?

Yes, if you are over 18 years old, plan to fly after May 2025, and do not have another form of approved ID.


Minors do not need a valid form of identification if flying with someone else. If you already have a passport or permanent residence card, you can use that to fly.

Activities like driving and purchasing liquor do not require a Real ID, so you can continue using a regular license for those tasks.

How can I get a Real ID in Kansas?

Kansans started being issued Real IDs in 2017. While it is currently not required, it’s a good idea to start the process to get one now instead of waiting.


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