HILO, Hawaii - The Department of Homeland Security is now requiring all driver's licenses used as identification to board a flight bear a gold star.

On January 16th, 2018, those renewing their Hawaii driver's license noticed a change in the look.  A star in a gold circle printed in the corner represents that the license is in full compliance with new Federal guidelines.

By October 1st, 2020, all licenses must show the gold star in order to get through TSA.  Passports can be used as an alternate form of identification.

To obtain a gold star driver's license, which indicates the license is Real ID compliant, the following documents are needed at the Vehicle Registration Licensing Division:

  • A U.S. State, Local Government- issued Certificate of Birth; or a valid U.S. Passport or Passport Card;
  • For married women who changed their names, a certified government-issued marriage certificate (showing name on birth certificate);
  • A Social Security card (unlaminated) showing current name;
  • Two documents showing your physical address (such as a HELCO bill).  If you use a post office box number, submit one document with the post office box number and one document with your physical address.

For more information visit their website: http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/finance-vrl-acceptable-docs/ .

No change is required to currently-valid licenses at this time.