What is the difference between Real ID and standard driver’s licenses and ID cards?

  • The new law only expands access to the New Jersey standard driver’s licenses and state ID cards. 
  • REAL ID licenses and ID cards are only available to those who can prove legal residence and can be used to board an airplane. The REAL ID license has more stringent requirements and has privacy risks, requiring an individual’s documents to be uploaded into an MVC database that can be shared with other government agencies. 
  • The standard driver’s license is only used for driving and identification purposes.