Doug Bedell — January 27, 2020, 1:06 pm

U.S. Homeland Security Closing in on ‘Real IDs’ for Flying

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is closing in on a deadline of October 1, 2020 for Americans to have the REAL ID-compliant drivers’ licenses that will be required then for domestic airline travel. Over 95 million Americans already have them. the U.S. Department of Homeland Security notes.

“While it is the states that are responsible for issuing cards, DHS has worked extensively with every state to provide time, technical assistance, and make grants available to support compliance with the REAL ID Act security requirements. DHS urges the states, District of Columbia, and U.S. territory officials to act to ensure that all their eligible residents obtain driver’s licenses or identification cards that meet these enhanced security standards.

“Beginning October 1, 2020, every commercial air traveler must present a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license, state-issued enhanced driver’s license, or other acceptable forms of identification, such as a valid passport or U.S. military ID, to fly within the United States. Individuals who are unable to verify their identity will not be permitted to enter the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint and will not be allowed to fly.”

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