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Changes to Kansas Driver's License - Real ID Act

Friday, July 21, 2017   (0 Comments)
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On August 1, 2017, you might notice a change to Kansas issued driver licenses or identification cards.  Due to the Real ID Act passed by Congress in 2005, the federal government established minimum security standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards.  The Real ID Act is a coordinated effort by the states and the federal government to improve the reliability and accuracy of state-issued identification documents, which should inhibit terrorists’ ability to evade detection by using fraudulent identification. 



Kansas Real ID compliant cards will contain a gold circle with a star cut out symbol printed in the top third of the card on the front right side.  This symbol indicates the card meets the Real ID Act requirements effective October 1, 2020.  After this date, every traveler will need a Real ID compliant driver’s license or identification card, or another acceptable form of identification to board an airplane or enter a designated federal facility within the U.S.

The new format should not change processes for checking ID’s, but be sure to educate your staff on the variations.  All the information on the driver’s license or identification card will still be the same, such as age, date of birth, height, etc.  The Real ID symbol will allow a Kansas resident to board a plan after Oct 1, 2020.   Those without the symbol will have to use another form of identification.  All driver’s licenses and identification cards will be valid no matter what indication before October 1, 2020.  If you are using the I.D. Checking guide that many operations reference, to confirm the validity of ID’s, it will be updated and contain the new information in the 2018 guide. 


More information about the REAL ID Act can be found at  You can also download the Kansas Department of Revenue flyer to educate your staff on the changes.