Finally! The news all Missouri travelers have been waiting to hear. Missouri has passed a law enabling the state to offer licenses and identification cards that will comply with stricter federal identification requirements under the federal Real ID Act. Applications for the new licenses will be accepted as of today (March 25, 2019).
The current state-issued license and ID cards are valid to board domestic flights through October, 2020, so there is not an immediate need to swap out your existing ID for a new one. The Department of Revenue expects that wait times for the new ID will be a couple of weeks.
Following is a related article, as reported by KMOV:
Missouri residents can now apply for a REAL ID
Starting Monday, residents in Missouri can begin applying for a REAL ID compliant license.
Effective October 1, 2020, you will be required to present a REAL ID, or another form of identification accepted by TSA, to board domestic flights. You will also need it to access federal facilities, including military bases and federal courthouses.
The Missouri Department of Revenue says it takes a few weeks to mail and process REAL ID applications. The Department of Revenue recommends applying for a Real ID at least a month before your flight if it is on or after October 1, 2020.
You can apply for a REAL ID at any Missouri license location. You cannot apply online or by mail. You will need to bring proof of identity, proof of Missouri residency, proof of lawful status in the United States and your social security number.
Missouri’s Department of Revenue says transaction and processing fees for new and renewal applications will be the same as they are currently. You can find those current fees here.
REAL ID stems from the 2005 REAL ID Act which established minimum security standards for state-issued driver licenses and ID cards. It also prohibits federal agencies from accepting driver licenses and ID cards from states that do not meet the requirements.
You can read more about the process here.