The deadline is nearly a year away, but time flies, so be mindful of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security deadline for obtaining REAL ID identification to enter federal facilities, nuclear power plants or commercial airplanes at federally regulated airports.
A Security Today post makes clear that gaining REAL ID can be taxing to obtain but essential for anyone planning on flying or other forms of specified entry into U.S. locations.
“Check in advance with the federal agency you plan to visit to find out whether identification is required, and if so, what types of identity documents are acceptable. While most federal agencies will continue to accept non-compliant driver’s licenses and identification cards until the enforcement deadline of Oct. 1, 2021, some – like Department of Defense facilities and posts – may no longer accept them.
“Read answers to REAL ID frequently asked questions at www.dhs.gov/real-id-public-faqs.”