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REAL ID Act

Drivers in Kalispell and Missoula now have a new option for renewing and replacing their drivers licenses.

A new partnership between the state Motor Vehicles Division and AAA Montana allows AAA to process non-commercial driver license renewals and replacements at AAA offices in Kalispell and Missoula.

Starting in October 2020, a regular Montana state drivers license will no longer be adequate identification to board flights within the United States or gain access to federal facilities like military bases.
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Montana will start issuing identification cards that comply with the federal REAL ID Act in January. A new state website is available now for people who want to book an appointment to get the federally approved ID card.

Starting in October 2020, a regular Montana state drivers license will no longer be adequate identification to board flights within the United States or gain access to federal facilities like military bases.

Montana Given More Time To Comply With REAL ID

Oct 18, 2017

The federal government gave Montana a one-year extension to comply with the REAL ID law.  Without it, Montanans could not board a commercial airplane or enter federal buildings after January 22, 2018 using their driver’s license.  The alternative was another federally issued identification, like a passport.

The Department of Homeland Security had said it would only grant Montana an extension was if the state made a commitment toward making substantial and documented progress toward complying with REAL ID.


The Montana Department of Justice is asking U.S. Homeland Security for more time to comply with the REAL ID Act, the 2005 federal law passed in the wake of 9/11 requiring stricter identification before boarding an airplane.

Legislature Passes 'Real ID' Compromise Bill

Apr 25, 2017

The Montana Legislature passed a bill Tuesday that offers a compromise on the 2005 federal “Real ID Act,” which standardizes state identification cards. At the end of this year, a Montana driver’s license would not meet the federal standards to be used for air travel or access to federal facilities.

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