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FLHSMV Celebrates New Year With 98% Real ID-Compliance Rate

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) is ringing in the new year by celebrating the mark of Florida reaching a 98% REAL ID-compliance rate. Despite the many times the federal deadline has been extended to allow states additional time to meet the REAL ID-compliance requirements, Florida has continuously been a nationwide leader in the effort toward REAL ID compliance and is well poised to reach 100% compliance ahead of the deadline.

“Florida is proud to lead the nation in REAL ID-compliance,” said FLHSMV Executive Director Terry L. Rhodes. “Over the last several years, Florida has made significant progress to ensure every Floridian is REAL ID-compliant ahead of the ever-changing federal deadline. Reaching this milestone is a testament to the efforts of the men and women of FLHSMV, our county tax collectors, and the more than 19 million Floridians who sport a gold star on their Florida license.”

As of December 29, 2022, 98% of Florida credentials are REAL ID compliant:

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Data Source: Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

Nationwide, only approximately 52% of all U.S. driver licenses and ID cards were REAL ID-compliant as of December 6, 2022, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

Florida is a nationwide leader in the effort toward REAL ID compliance and was one of the first states to begin issuing REAL ID-compliant credentials. Since January 1, 2010, any credential issued at an office in Florida has the gold star – the symbol indicating that it is REAL ID-compliant. In addition, every credential holder in Florida under the age of 21 is REAL ID-compliant.

Passed by Congress in 2005 following a 9/11 Commission recommendation, the REAL ID Act establishes minimum security standards for state-issued driver licenses and identification cards. Security standards include incorporating anti-counterfeiting technology, preventing insider fraud, and using documentary evidence and record checks to ensure a person is who they claim to be. Under the new regulations, beginning May 7, 2025, every traveler 18 years of age or older will need a REAL ID-compliant driver license or identification card or another TSA-acceptable form of identification at airport security checkpoints for domestic air travel.

If you are not yet REAL ID-compliant, resolve to do so this year by visiting your local office and checking FLHSMV’s “What to Bring” webpage for a list of required documents to bring during your visit.


The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) provides highway safety and security through excellence in service, education, and enforcement. Florida is leading the way to A Safer Florida through the efficient and professional execution of its core mission: the issuance of driver licenses, vehicle tags and titles and operation of the Florida Highway Patrol. To learn more about FLHSMV and the services offered, visit, follow us on Twitter @FLHSMV, find us on Facebook or follow us on Instagram.