For Illinois residents who might not know the difference between a standard driver's license and a Real ID card, now is the time to learn, Secretary of State Jesse White says.
"Real ID is an outgrowth of Homeland Security," White said. "They required all the states to recertify their drivers."
As part of that process, residents will have a choice between getting a Real ID or a regular license. Both will cost $30, but the Real ID will eventually be required to get into government buildings and to fly, even inside the country.
As of Oct. 1, 2020, every person who flies domestically must have the new identification card.
To get a Real ID, residents need a passport or birth certificate and at least two forms of identification that show where you live. You will be issued a temporary ID, and your Real ID card will arrive by mail in a few weeks.
"You will get a new document with a star in the right-hand corner," White said, "indicating that you have met all the requirements."
According to the state, a Real ID is no better than a drivers license, but it may be a lot more convenient.
"I heard in the news about it, and I was renewing my driver's license and decided to get both of them together," said Alexander Ashiui, who has his Real ID.
But Illinois resident Linda Foster said there is more she needs to know before she jumps through the hoops to get one.
"I think it's good to know that this is going to happen," Foster said. "I am not exactly sure if I am excited about it."