Doug Bedell — August 2, 2019, 9:55 am

You Won’t Fly Without a ‘Real ID’ Beginning Oct. 2020


The clock is ticking on whether would-be U.S. air travelers will be able to leave the ground if, beginning October 1, 2020, they don’t “present a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license, or another acceptable form of identification, to fly within the United States.”

Via its Transportation Security Administration (TSA), The Department of Homeland Security “has launched a public awareness campaign about the upcoming identification changes to ensure that every traveler is prepared for the airport security checkpoint process when the REAL ID Act goes into full enforcement.”

“Travelers”, adds a DHS blog post, “will begin seeing new signs at airports nationwide in the coming weeks to remind people that REAL ID-compliant licenses or other acceptable forms of ID, such as a valid passport, federal government PIV card or U.S. military ID, will be mandatory for air travel beginning on October 1, 2020. Critically important, on October 1, 2020, individuals who are unable to verify their identity will not be permitted to enter the TSA checkpoint and will not be allowed to fly.”

Don’t count on your driver’s license as being acceptable for REAL ID purposes, even though it has your photo on it. Pennsylvania licenses, for example, say they’re “Not for Real ID Purposes.” That fateful date again: October 1, 2020.

Of course, if you have a passport, you’re good to go.

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