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Some states lag in 'Real ID' conversion; Indiana isn't among them

If you're planning to fly in the U.S. in or after 2020, you might need to upgrade your driver's license.
A Real ID is indicated by a star in the upper right-hand corner of a license, permit or ID. (Image: Indiana BMV)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — If you're planning to fly in the U.S. after Oct. 1, 2020, you'll probably need to upgrade your driver's license.

Notices began appearing some time ago that, beginning this October, all Hoosiers will be required to have a secure identification, called Real ID, to board commercial airplanes and enter certain federal facilities.

Now, there's growing concern over that deadline and whether it will create a meltdown at TSA checkpoints on Oct. 1.

The problem? So far, states have issued 95 million Real IDs. That's just 34 percent of the total. That means two-thirds of Americans have about seven months to upgrade or risk not being able to fly.

While some states are struggling to keep up with the demand, Indiana's BMV tells us they're ahead of the pack. They've been offering Real IDs since 2010.

According to their numbers, more than 60 percent of Hoosiers have already converted.

If you're not sure if you have a Real ID, look for a star in the upper-right hand corner of your driver’s license, permit or identification card.

A United States passport is also a form of the more secure identification, so if you have one, you don't necessarily need a new license.

The BMV also wants to remind everyone it does not charge extra for a Real ID.

To apply for a Real ID, you'll need to bring documents that prove your identity, lawful status, social security number and Indiana residency.

To get more information about the Real ID or to see examples of required documents for getting one, visit REALID.IN.gov.

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