REAL ID Requirement for Traveling Beginning October 1, 2020


On October 1, 2020, everyone 18 years of age and older you must have a driver’s license that meets new federal security requirements or other acceptable forms of identification (listed on this TSA site) to board a flight. Known as REAL ID, this new requirement is aimed at improving the safety of air travel and the security of driver’s licenses in all 50 states.

To get a REAL ID driver’s license, you must go to your state motor vehicle agency. Typically, you will need to show proof of your social security number, date of birth, and U.S. citizenship, along with two different documents verifying your state of residency. Check with your respective driving agency in advance to ensure you take the proper documents with you to acquire the license.

If you are unsure of whether you have a REAL ID compliant license, check to see whether there is a star in the upper portion of their card. Typically, it is a gold or black star, a star cutout in a gold or black circle or a star cutout in a gold grizzly bear. This TSA site contains samples of the REAL ID license and the email, telephone and social media channels to use for requesting more information.

Travelers without a REAL ID can use a passport, a passport card or other form of acceptable government identification in order to board flights beginning next October. Examples of some government-issued identification that are acceptable for domestic air travel after October 20, 2020 are found here on tsa.gov

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