Real ID: What Travelers Need to Know

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will enforce the REAL ID Act at airports beginning Oct. 1, 2020. Travelers will need Real ID-compliant identification cards to board domestic flights.

The identification includes “REAL ID-compliant” driver’s licenses, U.S. passports, or U.S. military IDs.

According to the U.S. Travel Association, 57 percent of Americans are unaware of the deadline. An estimated 72 percent either have a standard driver’s license or are unsure whether their ID is REAL ID-compliant. An estimated 39 percent do not have a form of identification that will be accepted on October 1.

All 50 states are part of the program and have begun issuing compliant driver’s licenses this year. Organizers are urging people not to wait so that state licensing agencies do not get overwhelmed as the deadline approaches.

Compliant licenses will feature a special mark, typically in the upper right corner of the license. The marks vary by state but typically will include a gold or black star, or a gold or black circle with a white or black star inside the circle.

Source: Prevue Meetings