What is the Real ID Act?
The Real ID Act was passed in 2005 enacting recommendations that the Federal Government “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver’s licenses.” This act helped established minimum security standards for identification cards.
How does this affect YOUR travel?
Until January of 2018, if traveling by air, residents from ANY state can use a driver’s license or any of the various other forms of ID accepted by TSA. If you do not have a driver’s license, check TSA’s full list of valid identification before you head to the airport.
After January 22, 2018 until October 1, 2020, you must use identification that is REAL ID compliant unless your state has been issued a special extension (All states have extension as of now except AS, IL, MN, MO, NM, WA).
For the latest updates and information, check out the Department of Homeland Security’s Real ID Brief.