Doug Bedell — October 2, 2019, 10:48 am

‘Real ID’ Requirement to Fly Only a Year Away


A year from now, the Department of Homeland Security will start getting really serious about who flies on airliners within the U.S – by requiring they present a REAL ID to get aboard.

“Beginning October 1, 2020,” a DHS post advises, “every 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.”

TSA has been displaying signs at airports since April on the upcoming REAL ID deadline. REAL ID certification isn’t necessarily easy to get. “For more information on how to become REAL ID compliant, check with your local state driver’s license agency.”

“Passed by Congress in 2005, the REAL ID Act implements the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation that the federal government ‘set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver’s licenses.’”

For information on how to become REAL ID compliant, check with your local state driver’s license agency.

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