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The REAL ID Act goes into effect this year – are you prepared?

The REAL ID Act is coming soon and impacts travel requirements within the US. Read on to get your questions answered and make sure you are prepared.

What is the REAL ID Act?

Passed by Congress in 2005 in the wake of September 11, the REAL ID Act was passed to “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver’s licenses.” It aims to set minimum security standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and ID cards, and the cards themselves have more advanced anti-counterfeit technology.

How and when does this affect me?

Starting October 1, 2020, a REAL ID-compliant license (or other form of TSA-approved identification such as a passport or US military ID) will be required for domestic air travel. This means an older driver’s license will not qualify as proper identification to pass through US airport security.

How do I know if my license is REAL ID-compliant?

REAL ID-compliant licenses have a star in the upper corner. If you renewed your license recently, you may already have a REAL ID.

How do I get a REAL ID license?

You can obtain a REAL ID-compliant license through your local DMV. Requirements vary by state so check your state’s DMV website for details.

Do you still need a passport for international travel?

Yes, for international travel you still need a valid passport. A REAL ID will not serve as a replacement.

Have more questions? Check out the TSA’s webpage on the REAL ID Act for answers to more frequently asked questions.

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