Need a REAL ID? In New Jersey, you may not need an appointment to get one

REAL ID in New Jersey.
Photo credit David Madden/KYW Newsradio
TRENTON, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — Come October, you’ll need a REAL ID driver's license or a passport to get on domestic flights. In New Jersey, officials are making things a little easier to get one. 

The Motor Vehicle Commission started rolling out REAL ID last September, and you’ve needed an appointment at offices ready to handle it. You can still get an appointment, but you won’t necessarily need one.

"If your license is expiring within three months, you can come in between the 5th and the 20th of the month on a walk-in basis to participating agencies and you’ll be able to get that REAL ID without your appointment,” MVC Chief Administrator Sue Fulton told KYW Newsradio.

If your license expires outside the three-month window, you might still want to go the appointment route if you’ll need the upgraded license come the fall. 

Some 18,000 people have obtained the upgraded license in New Jersey. 

Fulton concedes not every person really needs one, but with 6.5 million licensed drivers in the state, "we know there are going to be a lot of people who wait till the last minute and all come in at once to get REAL ID."

Most offices now offer the upgraded licenses, but not all.