If you’ve traveled recently, you’ve probably heard rumblings of the REAL ID Act. But what does it all mean? We’re answering everything you need to know about how the REAL ID Act affects you.
What is the REAL ID Act?
The REAL ID Act implements new safety standards for traveler identification and airport security throughout the country.
How does the REAL ID Act affect you?
Starting October 1, 2020 all travelers must have a REAL ID compliant driver’s license or other form of TSA approved identification to board any commercial flight.
How do I know if I have a REAL ID approved license?
Many states have already started issuing REAL IDs. REAL IDs are identified by a star in the upper corner of your license.
How do I get a REAL ID?
Visit your local DMV to obtain a REAL ID compliant license. Requirements for obtaining a REAL ID vary by state, but common requirements are documentation verifying full legal name, date of birth, social security number, proof of address, and lawful status. To ensure you have the proper documents for your state, visit your state’s driver’s licensing agency website.
Will I still need a passport when traveling internationally?
YES! Travelers flying internationally will still be required to show a valid passport to pass through security.
What does this mean for traveling with minors?
TSA does not require that children under the age of 18 provide identification to board domestic flights when accompanied by a companion. The companion, of course, will need an acceptable ID.