RICHMOND, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Millions of Virginians have now gotten a REAL ID-compliant identification card.

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles reports more than 2.5 million people living in the Commonwealth have gotten this type of ID.

According to a release, there is less than a year before identification requirements at airports across the United States will change, requiring this level of ID card in order to board a flight.

Beginning on May 3, 3023, anyone who wants to board a domestic flight will have to have a REAL ID-compliant, state-issued ID card or another form of federally accepted identification such as a valid passport. REAL ID cards can also be used to enter many secure federal facilities.

People who do not fly or need access to secure federal facilities may not need a REAL ID-compliant card.

But for those that do need or want to get one, officials encourage them to apply now to avoid the rush and any potential delays.

The application can be completed online, though federal requirements do mean people have to go to a DMV customer service center in person to obtain it.

The application can be completed up to 30 days before a scheduled appointment and filing it out beforehand will help people determine if they have the correct documents needed and what they should bring to their appointment.

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