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Your guide to getting REAL ID in North Dakota

A gold star is added to the upper right hand corner of a REAL ID driver's license. Courtesy of North Dakota Department of Transportation

BISMARCK-- While the REAL ID Act has been in effect since 2005, North Dakota's state legislature and Gov. Doug Burgum didn't sign the final bill for REAL ID in North Dakota until 2017.

The primary reason for implementing the act is reducing identity fraud. According to the NDDOT website, certain security processes help identify and confirm the ID holder matches the person on the ID.

With the REAL ID act in place, North Dakota residents won't be able to board domestic flights with their standard ID starting October 2020.

There is an opt-in, opt-out option when deciding to participate in REAL ID. If you opt in to getting a REAL ID, you can use that ID card for domestic flights. If you opt out of getting REAL ID, then you have to use your passport for domestic flights or you will not be able to fly.

So what exactly do you need to do when getting a REAL ID in North Dakota?

REAL ID for North Dakota residents

When applying for a REAL ID, you have to bring three different categories of documentation.

Category 1: Proof of identification (at least one of these documents required)

  • U.S. birth certificate (state certified; Government issued)
  • Valid, unexpired U.S. passport
  • Report of Birth Abroad issued by the U.S. Department of State
  • Certificate of Naturalization
  • Certificate of Citizenship
  • Valid, unexpired Permanent Resident Card
  • Valid, unexpired Employment Authorization Card
  • Valid, unexpired Foreign Passport with I-94
  • I-94 Card stamped Refugee or Asylee

Category 2: Proof of your social security number (at least one of these documents required)

  • Social Security Card (the actual blue and white paper card)
  • W-2 Form
  • SSA 1099 Form
  • Non-SSA 1099 Form
  • Pay stub (must contain name and social security number)

Category 3: Proof of North Dakota residential address showing one document from list A and list B, or two documents from list A.

 List A

  • A government-issued property tax form
  • Mortgage/lease/rental document
  • Homeowners/renters insurance policy
  • Utility bill (electricity, gas, water, sewer, cable, recycle)
  • Residential non-cellular telephone bill
  • Parent's proof of address for a minor child

List B

  • North Dakota driver's license, ID card, or permit
  • Valid North Dakota Vehicle Registration or Vehicle Title
  • Transcript or report card from accredited school
  • Statement from a financial institution (bank, credit union, or other financial institution)
  • Credit, debit, or charge card statement
  • Pay stub or statement from employer

Moved from a different state?

You must bring:

  • Your out-of-state driver's license
  • Proof of identity in the form of a U.S. birth certificate, U.S. passport, certificate of naturalization, certificate of citizenship, valid and unexpired Employment Authorization Card (Temporary Status), or I-94 Card stamped Refugee or Asylee (Temporary Status)
  • Proof of Social Security Number from your original social security card, W-2 form, SSA 1099 Form, Non-SSA 1099 Form, or pay stub (must contain name and social security number)
  • Proof of North Dakota residency (Printed lease, tax documents, debit/credit card bills, etc.)
  • Pass a vision test
  • Pass written and driving exams (if required)
  • Pay required fees ($15 for state-issued license)

Two tips to keep in mind:

  • Making an appointment isn't required, but if you don't want wait times that take up your whole afternoon, you can schedule an appointment here.
  • Make sure the address on your current North Dakota ID is current. If you have a different address, you'll have to bring documents verifying your place of residence.