Real ID Identification Not Needed Until 2018

Real ID Identification Not Needed Until 2018

As of now, no individual citizen traveling within the United States can travel domestically on a state-issued ID, but that is going to change.

The Department of Homeland Security announced that a Real ID-compliant identification, like a passport or a state-issued driver’s license from a Real-ID compliant state, will not be required to fly within the nation until 2018.

If you plan on flying before 2018, there’s no need to worry because the act does not go into effect until January 22, 2018; you can still use your state-issued ID to fly domestically. Passengers can also continue to use other forms of identification accepted by the TSA: things like a passport, U.S. military ID, airport-issued ID, global entry card, and a federally recognized tribal-issued photo ID.

However, starting on January 22, 2018, all domestic flyers with a driver’s license or identification issued by a state that does not meet the REAL ID Act must present an alternate form of identification that is not only legitimate, but is acceptable to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in order to board a commercial domestic flight. The only exception being if the state was granted an extension to comply with the act.

Travelers are urged to check the REAL ID compliance status of their state before they book their next flight. You can view the status on the DHS website. Additionally, passengers should also look at the TSA’s list of acceptable forms of identification.

The list includes things like:

  • U.S. passport
  • U.S. passport card
  • U.S. permanent resident card
  • Border crossing card
  • PIV or Federally-issued Personal Identification Verification
  • U.S. Military Card (this includes all members of the U.S. armed forces, including retirees, veterans, and dependent ID card holders)
  • U.S. Refugee Travel Document

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