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Flying with a REAL ID

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Beginning October 1, 2020, every air traveler 18 years of age and older will need a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or another acceptable form of ID to fly within the United States.

Check for the star.

REAL ID-compliant cards are generally marked with a star located in the upper portion of the card. If you’re not sure, contact your state driver’s license agency on how to obtain a REAL ID compliant card.

It’s the law.

Passed by Congress in 2005, the REAL ID Act enacted the 9/11 Commission's recommendation that the federal government “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver's licenses.” The Act and implementing regulations establish minimum security standards for state-issued driver's licenses and identification cards and prohibit federal agencies, like TSA, from accepting licenses and identification cards from states that do not meet these standards for official purposes, such as getting through the airport security checkpoint to board a plane. Learn more about REAL ID enforcement.

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FAQ

Can I use my driver’s license to board an aircraft if it is not REAL ID compliant?

How can I tell if my license/ID is REAL ID compliant?

REAL ID compliant cards are generally marked with a star located in the upper portion of the card. If you’re not sure, contact your state driver’s licensing agency on how to obtain a REAL ID compliant card.

How do I get a REAL ID?

Check with your state driver’s license agency. You will need to go in person to present documentation to verify who you are in order to get your REAL ID.

Is a passport my only other option if my driver's license or state ID is not acceptable?

What happens if I show up without a valid driver's license or state ID?

What happens if my ID doesn’t have a star?

What is the status of my state? How do I know if my ID is in compliance?

When do I need to get a REAL ID?

Beginning October 1, 2020, you will need have a REAL ID-compliant license or another acceptable form of ID, such as a valid passport or U.S. military ID, to fly within the U.S. Review the complete list of acceptable IDs.

Will minors need to have a driver’s license or state ID to fly domestically?

TSA does not require children under 18 to provide identification when traveling with a companion within the United States. The companion will need acceptable identification.