REAL ID Act REMINDER – What you need to know. about Domestic Travel
On January 22, 2018, because of the REAL ID act, some of you won't be able to travel with only your state driver's licenses. What is the REAL ID Act? Passed by Congress in 2005, the REAL ID Act established minimum security standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards and prohibits Federal agencies (like the TSA) from accepting licenses and identification cards from states that do not meet these standards. States have made considerable progress in meeting these standards and every state has a more secure driver’s license today. But not ALL states are compliant.
Why is this important to you? You may notice signs around airport security checkpoints informing travelers of the new TSA rules going into effect in 2018.
For travelers in Illinois, New York, Louisiana, Michigan & Missouri, an automatic grace period is in effect through January 22, 2018, allowing travel with state issued driver's licenses.
A further extension is being considered by the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) For clients in Alaska, California, Idaho, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, N. Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, S. Carolina, Virgin Islands, Virginia, Washington an extension has been granted through October 10, 2018, allowing travel with state issued driver's licenses.
Beginning October 1, 2020, you may not use your state-issued driver’s license or ID for domestic air travel. Prepare for the checkpoint: If you are concerned that your state-issued driver’s license or photo ID may not be accepted by TSA beginning January 22, 2018, you will need to apply for an alternative identification document well ahead of their planned travel dates. Below are some accepted forms of alternate ID. Refer to the complete list at tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/identification • U.S. passport • U.S. passport card The passport card is an alternative that will allow travelers from noncompliant states to board a domestic flight; it will not be valid for international air travel. Passport cards are the same size as a driver’s license, cost $55 for first time applicants, and $30 for anyone who already has a passport. More Information • DHS trusted traveler cards (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST) • U.S. military ID (active duty or retired military and their dependents, and Dept. of Defense (DoD) civilians) • Permanent resident card • Foreign government-issued passport • Canadian provincial driver’s license or Indian and Northern Affairs Canada card Resources for you and your clients: •
Check your state’s status:
You can check if your state is REAL ID compliant at dhs.gov/real-id-enforcement-brief. • 2. Read the frequently asked questions: For clarification on what the REAL ID Act means for you, visit dhs.gov/real-id-public-faqs or tsa.gov and search “REAL ID”. If you have questions about what is considered acceptable identification, you may call the TSA Contact Center