The DC DMV REAL ID driver license complies with federal laws and efforts to improve the reliability and accuracy of state driver and identification cards. The REAL ID driver license is not a national identification card; it does give you access to certain limited federal facilities and allows you to board domestic flights.
The REAL ID driver license is valid for up to 8 years for US citizens; for non-US citizens, the time varies depending on the length of residence in the US.
If you hold a valid driver license from another US jurisdiction, you must surrender that valid license to DC DMV to get the REAL ID driver license from DC DMV.
You may get a DC DMV REAL ID driver license if you hold a non-US driver license. More information is available at the Driver License for Non-US Citizens page in the link below:
More information on the REAL ID license and program is available at the link below:
More information on obtaining, renewing, replacing, and converting licenses and on choosing license designations is available in the sections listed below.
Obtain a REAL ID Driver License
Renew a REAL ID or Limited Purpose Driver License
Replace a REAL ID or Limited Purpose Driver License
License Designations: Donor Status, Selective Service, Voting, Veteran, Autism, Hearing Impaired, Intellectual Disability