REAL ID Identification Requirements

TSA has started a campaign to alert travelers that they must have a REAL ID compliant driver’s license, or another acceptable form of identification, i.e., passport, to fly within the United States by October 1, 2020. The campaign includes an awareness of the changes that will be affected on your ID. To begin, travelers will start to see new signs at airports throughout the nation in the next few weeks to remind passengers that REAL ID-compliant licenses will be mandatory for air travel starting on October 1, 2020. Other acceptable forms of ID include a valid passport, federal government PIV card or US Military ID. Travelers unable to verify their identity will not be allowed to enter the TSA checkpoint and will not be able to fly. To know if your ID is compliant, REAL ID licenses will have a star on the top of the card. If you are not sure their ID works, one should check with their state driver’s license agency. The REAL ID Act was passed in Congress in 2005 and is based on the recommendation that the Federal Government should “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver’s licenses”.

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