Homeland Security developed the federal REAL ID ACT OF 2005 for the issuance of state-issued drivers licenses and identification cards. After 2016, those under age 50 will need the new star on your drivers license for access to federal buildings and commercial airline flights (though 2 forms of ID suffice for airlines). For those over 50, the date is 2017. The purposes of this change are to reduce fraud and to fight terrorism.
This process cannot be done online. You must appear in person at a service center (https://www.pbctax.com/locations) and have with you proof of date of birth, social security number and residential address.