The star at the top right corner of your Colorado-issued driver license or identification card indicates that you are REAL ID compliant.
Passed by Congress in 2005, the REAL ID Act authorizes the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to establish national standards for state‑issued driver licenses and identification cards. In accordance with the REAL ID Act, the Colorado DMV must verify an applicant’s full legal name, identity, date of birth, and lawful presence in the United States when issuing a Colorado driver license or state identification card.
In December 2022, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced its intent to extend the REAL ID full enforcement date by 24 months, from May 3, 2023 to May 7, 2025. Under the new regulations published to execute this change, states will now have additional time to ensure their residents have driver’s licenses and identification cards that meet the security standards established by the REAL ID Act. As required by the law, following the enforcement deadline, federal agencies, including the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), will be prohibited from accepting driver’s licenses and identification cards that do not meet these federal standards.
For more information please visit Colorado REAL ID or the Department of Homeland Security FAQ regarding REAL ID.