Check Your Driver License for a Gold Star

Does your driver license or other Florida-issued ID have a gold star in the upper right hand corner? If not, you have one year to update your ID to comply with federal air safety regulations, according to the office of Polk Tax Collector Joe Tedder.

As of Sept. 6, 8.9 percent of Polk driver licenses do not comply with REAL ID standards, according to a spokeswoman for Tedder. The deadline to get a REAL ID-compliant license or other acceptable form of identification for domestic air travel is Oct. 1, 2020.

The state of Florida started issuing REAL ID-ready licenses and other ID cards in January 2010.

To get an updated driver license or other official Florida ID, make an appointment with one of the tax collector offices in Polk County, including the Lakeland office at 916 N. Massachusetts Ave.

Applicants will need to bring documents validating their identification, Social Security number and home address.

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