2018 just started but the clock is ticking closer to 2020 — when specially designated IDs will be required to board domestic flights or enter federal facilities.

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson announced today that Michigan is fully compliant with the federal REAL ID Act. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security made the determination this week, Johnson said.

That means that all ID's and driver's licenses will continue to be accepted through Oct. 1, 2020, for travel or to enter places like nuclear plants or military bases.

After October 1, 2020, identification compliant with federal law will be required.

Compliant cards are marked with a star inside a gold circle on the upper right. There is no extra fee for a REAL ID-compliant card unless people apply for one outside of their normal renewal cycle. The cards do not contain radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology.

The REAL ID Act was enacted in 2005 and phased enforcement began 2013 by the Department of Homeland Security. Michigan first began issuing REAL IDs last August.

“To help people avoid the headache and cost of getting another approved ID document just to fly for business or to visit loved ones, we now offer Michigan residents a REAL ID-compliant license and ID card,” Johnson said in a news release.

“We still have a standard license for all other identification purposes for residents who don’t want one when they renew.”

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