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 News Briefs


BARTOW, Florida – With the REAL ID compliant deadline fast approaching, the Tax Collector’s Office stresses to its Polk County residents they have until October 1, 2020 to present a REAL ID-compliant license or other acceptable form of identification for domestic air travel.

The REAL ID Act became effective nationwide on May 11, 2008. Florida began issuing REAL ID compliant credentials after January 1, 2010. The new credentials have a star in the upper right corner of the card, as shown in the sample ID below.


As of September 6, 2019, 538,189 current driver license and ID cards in Polk County are REAL ID compliant while 52,391 or about 8.9% are not REAL ID compliant.

In order to become REAL ID compliant, Polk County residents can visit any of our offices and bring original documents which validate your identity, Social Security Number and residential address. Once you provide the required identification documents, you will only need to provide them again if your information changes. If you do not have the gold star, you cannot become REAL ID compliant by renewing online.

A REAL ID compliant checklist based on the customer is available at

For more information, please go to or contact Margarita Alfaro, Public Engagement Specialist at

About the Office of Joe G. Tedder, Tax Collector for Polk County, Florida

Joe G. Tedder is elected by the people of Polk County to serve as their Tax Collector. The Office of Tax Collector is provided in Florida’s Constitution to serve in the state’s political subdivisions known as counties. The Tax Collector’s Office for Polk County has service centers in Bartow, Lakeland, Davenport, and Lake Wales. The Tax Collector’s Office serves over 686,000 residents in Polk County, offering services such as: Driver licenses and identification cards; motor vehicle registrations, decals,license plates, titles and disabled person parking placards; real estate and tangible personal property taxes; county local business taxes; tourist development taxes; concealed weapons license applications and renewals; and, other services.

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