Real IDs now available to Tennesseans

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Real IDs have been available for Tennesseans for a week, and citizens have until October 2020 to switch licenses to meet the new standards for flying and entering federal buildings.

The state Department of Safety and Homeland Security made a final stop at the Tri-Cities Airport Authority in Blountville on a Real ID educational circuit.

The new identification cards are part of the federal Real ID Act passed in 2005, which establishes minimum security standards for license issuance.

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While Tennesseans are not required to upgrade to the new cards, Real IDs will be required for citizens to access federal buildings, enter nuclear facilities and board federally-regulated commercial aircraft after October 2020.

Without a Real ID, a passport would be required for domestic flights inside the country.

The Real ID is marked by a gold star in the upper right corner of the identification card. All driver services centers are now equipped and ready to issue Real IDs to Tennesseans.

READ MORE: The updated ID many will need to fly in the U.S. by October 2020

The press conference begins at 1:30 p.m. at the Tri-Cities Airport Authority, 2525 Highway 75 in Blountville. Check wjhl.com for updates or catch a live stream on our Facebook page.

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