Secure driver's licenses and identification documents are a vital component of our national security framework. The REAL ID Act, has “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver's licenses.”
Beginning May 3, 2023, every air traveler 18 years of age and older will need a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license, state-issued enhanced driver’s license, or another acceptable form of ID to fly within the United States.
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A few basics about Real ID:
To get a Real ID, you need to present documents to your DMV proving your age and identity, Social Security number and address. That generally means bringing a birth certificate or passport, a Social Security card or tax form such as a W-2, and two proofs of address.
Although the Real ID is also a driver’s license, the old-style driver’s license is still lawful for driving and still available as an option in many states.
Some states try to make this clear by calling the Real ID a “Travel ID.”
At some point after May 3, 2023, a regular driver’s license won’t be sufficient to get a passenger through security and onto a plane.
The Real ID technically is not mandatory because you can use other approved documents, including a passport, passport card, and Global Entry card.
For international travel, you’ll still need a passport.
You can continue to use your regular license or identification to do drive without obtaining a REAL ID.
The change will only impact domestic travel in the U.S. — you will either need to provide an alternate form of TSA-approved ID or obtain a REAL ID.
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