Gather up all of your legal documents and head to a Driver Service Facility to get your Illinois ‘Real ID.’ Starting October of 2020, you will need either the Real ID or a legal passport to pass through airport security or enter a federal building or military base. If you regularly carry your passport, you’ll be fine, but for the rest of us: time to get a Real ID. It looks like an Illinois driver’s license but includes a star.
Be prepared, they ask for more info when you apply for this ID. To get a Real ID, you will need ‘Proof of Identity, Date of Birth and U.S. Citizenship or Lawful Status,’ name-change documents, proof of your Social Security Number, 2 proofs of residency and proof of your written signature. You can find more info here.