Q: How do I know if my driver license is REAL ID compliant?
A: The easiest way to check if your license is federally compliant is to see if your driver license has a star in the upper right hand corner.

Q: What do I do if my driver license is not REAL ID compliant?
A: You must visit a tax collector office to become REAL ID compliant for the first time. You will need to bring primary documents establishing your identity, proof of legal presence, and date of birth. You also will need to bring proof of your social security number and two documents that show your primary residence. For more information on the required documents, visit https://www.flhsmv.gov/driver-licenses-id-cards/what-to-bring/

Please note, there are specific proof of residency documents required for residents obtaining a commercial driver license or temporary permit.

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Q: What does REAL ID compliant mean?
A: The federal REAL ID Act of 2005 set new standards for the issuance of driver licenses and ID cards. Florida began issuing REAL ID compliant credentials Jan. 1, 2010. REAL ID is a nationwide effort to improve the integrity and security of state issued driver licenses and ID cards, which helps fight terrorism and reduces identity fraud.

Q: Anything else?
A: Once a customer provides the required identification documents, they will only need to provide them again if their information changes, such as their name or residential address. After May 7, 2025, non-REAL ID compliant driver licenses or ID cards will not be accepted at airports. A United States passport may also be used in lieu of a REAL ID compliant credential.

Q: What is the best way for our readers to contact you or your office?
A: A lot of questions can be answered by visiting our website, www.sjctax.us. I may be reached by calling (904) 209-2250 or emailing taxcollector@sjctax.us.

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