The Federal "Real ID" Act and New Jersey Compliance for Domestic Travel
Effective October 1, 2020, individuals will not be able to fly commercially or enter certain federal facilities with a driver license or ID that is not “Real ID” compliant. However, they may use a passport or military ID. Until that date (October 1, 2020), New Jersey driver licenses or ID cards are valid for domestic air travel.
New Jersey was granted an extension by the Department of Homeland Security to implement “Real ID” compliant driver licenses and ID cards by October 10, 2019. The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission has stated that they plan to begin issuing “Real ID” driver licenses and ID Cards in the summer of 2019, however, a start date has not been made available on their website, RealIDNJ.com.
Please note that New Jersey residents will still be able to fly without the “Real ID” compliant drivers license if they have a valid passport.