We're one year away from the REAL I.D. requirement taking effect, and a new survey shows more than half of Americans are unaware of its guidelines.

Starting on October 1, 2020 you'll need a REAL I.D. to fly in the United States. This means you will need a driver's license that is REAL I.D. compliant or a passport in order to board domestic flights or enter secure federal facilities.

The REAL I.D. is not much different than the regular state driver's license. The change is a small gold star in the upper right corner.

Tuesday, TSA and aviation industry officials held a briefing to warn travelers of the upcoming deadline.

TSA Acting Deputy Administrator Patricia Cogswell says, "One year from today, TSA is prohibited from accepting a non-REAL ID compliant driver's license or other non-compliant state issued I.D. from a traveler seeking to fly on a commercial aircraft."

It is not a requirement to have a REAL I.D. if you do not plan to take a domestic flight, and it’s also not needed for driving, voting, or proving identification.

In order to apply for one, federal law requires that you do it in person for your first I.D. After that, you can renew it online. As of October 1, 47 states and Washington, D.C. are issuing REAL I.D.’s.

Hamilton and Sequatchie county clerk offices are now issuing the REAL I.D.’s.

In Hamilton County, the office is in room 201 of the courthouse on Georgia Avenue. In Sequatchie, the office is located on Cherry Street in Dunlap.

When you go to get the I.D., you should bring proof of citizenship, proof of social security and two ways to prove you live in Tennessee.