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How to get a REAL ID in San Antonio

Have you gotten your REAL ID before the May 7, 2025 deadline? Here’s how to apply in Texas.

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Make sure you have your REAL ID by the deadline for domestic travel.

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Wallet? Check. Keys? Check. REAL ID? Let me check on that. Don’t have a REAL ID yet? Not to worry, the due date to get one is May 7, 2025. You’re going to need this updated license to board domestic flights — like at the San Antonio International Airport — and access certain federal facilities (think the NSA and FBI offices).

It’s never too early to plan ahead — so here’s a quick breakdown on how to get your REAL ID.

What is a REAL ID?

The purpose of the REAL ID program is to ensure all state-issued licenses can also be used for federal purposes. You’ll want one if you plan to fly domestically or enter secure federal or military facilities — but you can still vote, drive, apply for benefits, and more with a standard Texas license.

Check the upper right corner of your license — if there’s a gold star, it’s a REAL ID. If there’s not a star or the words “Federal Limits Apply,” it’s not a REAL ID.

Psst — you can also board a flight with these other federally accepted forms of ID.

How much do they cost?

REAL ID certification is included with your license renewal fee of $33. Other types of vehicles and fees include a motorcycle license, disabled veteran license, and more.

How do I apply?

For San Antonians, you’ll have a couple of options: Either go in-person — make an appointment — or walk in to one of these DMV locations:

  • Leon Valley Mega Center, 7410 Huebner Road
  • General McMullen, 1803 S. General McMullen
  • San Antonio South East, 6502 S. New Braunfels Ave.
  • Universal City Pat Booker, 1633 Pat Booker Rd.