‘Real IDs’ coming to Tennessee July 1

Tennesseans will soon have a new driver’s license starting July 1. This license is called “Real ID,” which will soon be issued to allow the state to meet federal standards under the REAL ID Act that primarily affects domestic air travel. Passed by Congress in 2005, the REAL ID Act enacted the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation that the Federal Government “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver’s licenses.” The Act established minimum security standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for official purposes licenses and identification cards from states that do not meet these standards.