TSA Real ID: Passport Needed for Domestic Air Travel for Some States as of Jan. 22 2018

TSA Real ID: Passport Needed for Domestic Air Travel for Some States as of Jan. 22 2018


The REAL ID Act means you may need your passport to show the TSA for domestic air travel as of January 22, 2018, if your state driver's license isn't compliant and an extension hasn't been granted. Here's a map depicting the states that already have compliant driver's licenses (green), those that have been granted an extension (yellow) and those that are under review (blue).

Specifically, as of time of writing, travelers with driver's licenses from New York, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan and Missouri will need to show a passport or other REAL ID-compliant identification starting January 22, 2018, unless a further extension is granted.

Travelers with driver's licenses from Alaska, California, Idaho, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, and Washington have an extension until October 10, 2018, when they will need to use passports or other REAL ID-compliant identification for domestic air travel. 



What are Considered Valid REAL IDs?

  • REAL ID-compliant driver's licenses and state photo identity cards
  • U.S. passport
  • U.S. passport card
  • U.S. military ID (active duty or retired military and their dependents, and DoD civilians)
  • U.S. Merchant Mariner Credential
  • Permanent U.S. resident card
  • Bording crossing card
  • DHS-designated enhanced driver's license
  • Airline or airport issued ID (if issued under a TSA approved security plan)
  • Federally recognized, tribal-issued photo ID
  • HSPD-12 PIV card
  • Foreign government issued passport
  • Canadian provincial driver's license or Indian and Northern Affairs Canada card
  • Transportation worker identification credential
  • Immigration and Naturalization Service Employment Authorization Card (I-766)
Will I Need a REAL ID for Voting or Other Purposes?
You will not need a REAL ID for voting or registering to vote. You also will NOT need a REAL ID to apply or receive Federal benefits, to drive, for admission to a hospital, or to participate in law enforcement proceedings or investigations.
Will Minors Need a REAL ID to Fly Domestically?
No; as currently, the TSA will not require children under 18 to provide identification, when traveling with an adult companion within the U.S. The companion will need to show a compliant REAL ID, effective January 22, 2018, or an ID of a state that has been granted an extension.
By What Date Will All Travelers Need a Compliant REAL ID?
Starting October 1, 2020, every passenger flying domestically within the U.S. will need a REAL ID-compliant driver's license or other REAL ID such as a passport or one of the acceptable IDs listed above.
Is your state driver's license already REAL ID compliant?

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