You May Need a New “REAL ID” to Board a Domestic Flight

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VoyageMonkey.com Travel recently received some questions about using a driver license to board a domestic flight.  Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, if you plan to use your state-issued ID or license to fly within the U.S., make sure it is REAL ID compliant. Adult passengers 18 and over must show valid identification at the airport checkpoint in order to travel.  If you don’t possess a REAL ID compliant identification card, you will still be able to travel domestically with a valid passport.

 

TSA does not require children under 18 to provide identification when traveling with a companion within the United States. Contact the airline for questions regarding specific requirements for travelers under 18.

What is a “REAL ID” compliant card and why do you need one.  Passed by Congress in 2005, the REAL ID Act enacted the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation that the Federal Government “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver’s licenses.” The Act established minimum security standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for official purposes licenses and identification cards from states that do not meet these standards. States have made considerable progress in meeting this key recommendation of the 9/11 Commission.

If you are not sure if your ID complies with REAL ID, check with your state department of motor vehicles. The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) began offering federal compliant REAL ID driver licenses and identification (ID) cards in 2018.  The “optional” card is being made available to Californians who want to continue to use their driver license or ID card to board a domestic flight or enter secure federal facilities when new federal requirements take effect October 1, 2020.  Californians have the choice to apply for a REAL ID driver license or ID card, or renew or apply for a federal non-compliant driver licenses and identification (ID) cards.

Business as usual until October 1, 2020.  After that date, only a REAL ID card or other federally approved documents will be accepted, such as a U.S. passport, passport card or military ID.

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