South Carolina Prepares to Issue Real I.D.s

Nov 13, 2017

This is the way the new Real I.D.s will look when they are available to South Carolinians between the end of the first quarter of 2018 and Oct. 1, 2020. The gold star in the upper right corner denotes the card as a Real I.D.
Credit Photo courtesy S.C. Dept. of Motor Vehicles

The Real I.D. Act of 2005 was passed by Congress in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks to standardize government-issued identifications, like drivers' licenses, for security purposes.  Beginning in 2018, South Carolinians will be able to get a Real I.D., which they must have by Oct. 1, 2020, in order to do activities such as board a commercial airplane, visit a secure federal building or a military post. 

This example shows a regular, or non-compliant, drivers license. It has no gold star and bears the phrase, "not for federal identification." The non-compliant I.D. can still be used after 2020 if one never plans to board a plane, visit a secure federal building or a military installation.
Credit Photo courtesy S.C. Dept. of Motor Vehicles

S.C. Dept. of Motor Vehicles spokeswoman Lauren Phillips and Fort Jackson Director of Emergency Services Col. Johnny Sellers talk about what documentation a citizen needs to obtain the Real I.D., and what can be used to supplement a "non-compliant," or regular, identification card, in order to conduct federal business until he or she can obtain a Real I.D.  Phillips says the I.D.s  should be available after the first quarter of 2018, during which time they will be printed.