Real ID Program

Agency - Department of Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security has three primary missions: Prevent terrorist attacks within the United States, reduce America's vulnerability to terrorism and minimize the damage from potential attacks and natural disasters.

Website Address

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Public Safety, Mississippi Department Of $ 11,629,325   2008-06-012019-06-30
Executive Office Of The Commonwealth Of Kentucky $ 5,874,400   2008-03-012018-06-30
Transportation, Wisconsin Department Of $ 747,592   2011-09-012016-09-30
Cnmi Office Of Homeland Security $ 583,120   2011-09-012016-06-30
Indiana, State Of $ 3,149,637   2008-06-012016-05-31
Safety, Tennessee Department Of $ 1,052,139   2009-07-012016-03-31
Motor Vehicles, New York State Department Of $ 1,598,833   2011-09-012016-01-31
Indiana, State Of $ 995,431   2009-07-012016-01-31
Public Safety, Minnesota Department Of $ 454,418   2011-09-012015-12-31
Motor Vehicles, Massachusetts Registry Of $ 1,093,183   2011-09-012015-12-31

Program Accomplishments

None. This is a new program and it is anticipated that recipients will demonstrate viable projects related to integrating hardware, software, and information management systems to assist with the implementation of the national standards for drivers' licenses.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Restricted to State/U. S. Territorial agencies that are responsible for issuing driver's licenses.

Funds may be used in accordance with uses defined in the program guidance document/application kit.

Allowable funding categories include: planning and equipment.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

The issuing authority for motor vehicle licenses in each State or territory, as identified by the DHS, is the only agency eligible to apply for the Real ID Grant funds.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State, U.S. Territory and local governments, intrastate, interstate, small business, general public, other public institution/organizations.


If required, will be identified in the program guidance/solicitation.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372 Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.

An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

Unsolicited applications from entities other than those listed in the "Applicant Eligibility" above, will not be accepted. Eligible applicants must apply on-line using The REAL ID Grant Program application process will require: Narrative to include a description of current resource management capabilities to develop, implement, and manage the programmatic requirements associated with REAL ID funding; a proposed work plan; a budget and budget narrative addressing REAL ID project related costs and expenses. Applications submitted online must contain information and meet the requirements outlined in the Real ID solicitation and program guidance.

Award Procedures

Applications or plans are reviewed by DHS program and administrative staff, concerns negotiated with the applicant, and award processed.


Application deadlines will be specified in the solicitation.


Homeland Security Act, Public Law 107-296; and Real ID Act, Public Law 109-13.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

The program and administrative office will evaluate applications and award funds within 60 days of receipt of applications.





Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements


Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The period of performance for Real ID Grants is 12 months.

Post Assistance Requirements


Progress Reports are due semi-annually within 30 days after the end of the reporting periods.

Reports are due: July 30 and January 30.

The Final Progress Report is due 90 days after the expiration date of the award period.

These reports should consist of a brief narrative discussing achievements to date, and progress towards annual goals, and any issues which may need to be addressed.

Required Financial Status Reports (SF 269A) are due quarterly af