REAL ID Deadline May 7, 2025. Are you ready?

REAL ID is a secure form of identification that meets federal security standards for state issued licenses, driver license permits or identification cards.

 REAL ID is indicated by a Gold Star in the upper right-hand corner of a driver's license, driver's permit or identification card. 

Mississippi Residents will need a REAL ID to:

•  Fly commercially in the United States

•  Access military bases

•  Access secure federal facilities

* A valid U.S. Passport may be used in lieu of a REAL ID at the above locations.

You Do Not Need a REAL ID to : 

•  Drive                   

•  Vote

•  Access hospitals

•  Visit the post office 

•  Access federal courts

•  Bank transactions

•  Apply for or receive federal benefits such as social security

If you do not have your REAL ID, you may visit any Mississippi driver license station to purchase a duplicate or renewal driver’s license or identification card or for faster service, schedule an online appointment  at

You are required to bring documentation including your social security card (or any official document with your SS#), a certified copy of your birth certificate, and 2 proofs of Mississippi residency. 

Anything Else I Need To Know?

Mississippi firearm permits will not have a gold star.  Firearms permits are not used for official state identification purposes.

TSA does not require children under 18 to provide identification when traveling with a companion within the United States. Contact the airline for questions  regarding specific ID requirements for travelers under 18.