The TSA Wants to Remind You to Get A REAL ID 8/27/2019

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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) wants to make sure travelers know about the REAL ID program. The new program is going to change the way travelers present identification in a big way. The good news is that travelers do have some time to prepare. The requirement for presenting a REAL ID will become effective on Oct. 1 of 2020. However, the TSA is urging the public to act as quickly as possible. Failing to obtain a license that is in compliance with REAL ID requirements could leave you stranded at the airport.

What happens if you don't obtain a REAL ID by the deadline? A traveler without a REAL ID can use a passport, military identification or some other form of authorized identification to fly within the United States. However, travelers without proper identification won't be permitted to pass through TSA checkpoints to board their flights. Air travelers under the age of 18 are excluded from the requirement. How can you tell if you have a license that is compliant with the REAL ID requirement? A compliant card should have a star at the top to indicate compliance. You can always contact the agency that issues driver's licenses in your state to verify that your current license is compliant.

It is also important to know that a REAL ID can only be obtained in person using the required documentation. Most states require the individual to present at least one identity document that provides a full name and date of birth. Photocopies are not accepted when applying for a REAL ID.

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