Traveling - REAL ID

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Beginning October 1, 2021, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will require all American travelers to present a REAL ID-compliant ID to board a domestic flight

This means that a traditional driver’s license will no longer be accepted through airport security and all Americans will be required to present REAL ID-compliant identification to go through airport security and enter federal facilities.

FAQs:

WHAT MAKES A REAL ID REAL? REAL ID-compliant cards are generally marked with a STAR in the upper portion of the card. The style of the star will vary depending on the state. It’s best to check with your state’s DMV directly to determine if your license is REAL ID compliant. 

DO I NEED A REAL ID? All Americans traveling by air will need a REAL ID or another accepted form of identification to board a flight within the U.S. on and after October 1, 2020. 

GET YOUR REAL ID EARLY. Unless you plan to start using your U.S. passport for ALL flights, the DMV is where you will go to get a REAL ID or enhanced driver’s license (MI, MN, NY, VT and WA).  Lines could be long so check with your state DMV in advance and gather the required documentation for when you arrive. There is no reason to wait. Plan early or you could be left behind.

IS YOUR STATE/TERRITORY REAL ID READY? Visit here for the current status of all states and territories.

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT REAL ID, VISIT: TSA REAL-ID OR DHS REAL-ID

Resources:
Real ID Factsheet
Real ID Infographic
Find your nearest DMV Location here.