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Symbols, Images, and Phrases of REAL ID

Over the next couple years, Notaries will see government-issued IDs that contain a variety of symbols, images, phrases and other indicators which can cause confusion in trying to determine if a particular ID is genuine — whether or not it's REAL ID-compliant. Here are some examples of genuine IDs you might see:

REAL ID-compliant

The star and bear symbol in the upper right corner means that the license is REAL ID-compliant.


Standard

The phrase, "Federal Limits Apply," in the upper right corner means that the license is not REAL ID-compliant.


REAL ID-compliant

The star symbol in the upper right corner means that the license is REAL ID-compliant.


Standard

This driver's license is not REAL ID-compliant. You can tell by the lack of identifying symbols.


REAL ID-compliant

The phrase, "Enhanced Driver License," in the upper right corner means that the license contains extra security features and is REAL ID-compliant.


REAL ID-compliant

The phrase, "Enhanced Identification Card," in the upper right corner means that the license contains extra security features and is REAL ID-compliant.


Learn what Notaries need to know about the REAL ID.