REAL ID compliant identification not needed for voting

Starting July 1, 2019, the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security began issuing REAL ID compliant identification credentials. The REAL ID Act of 2005 establishes minimum security standards for license issuance and production and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for certain purposes driver licenses and identification cards from states not meeting the Act’s minimum standards.


Beginning October 1, 2020, all persons must have a REAL ID license for accessing Federal buildings, entering nuclear facilities, and boarding federally regulated commercial aircraft. This law is a secure way for citizens to protect their identities.

You do not need a REAL ID compliant ID to:

• Drive

• Vote

• Purchase alcohol or cigarettes

• Access hospitals

• Visit the post office

• Access federal courts

• Apply for or receive federal benefits such as social security or veterans’ benefits

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