On October 1st, 2020, every air traveler over the age of 18 years will need a REAL ID to fly inside the United States. The measure announced by the DHS (Department of Homeland Security) in 2015, consequently of the security strategy they are working on to prevent
Can my ID be a Real ID?
To clarify, Real ID-compliant cards are marked with a star at the top of the card. Therefore, if you are not sure, contact your state driver’s license agency on how to get a REAL ID-compliant card.
What documentation is allowed as a REAL ID to fly?
If you are over 18 years old, you will need one of the following documentation to fly inside the US:
- Driver’s licenses or other state photo identity cards issued by Department of Motor Vehicles (or equivalent)
- U.S. passport
- U.S. passport card
- DHS trusted traveler cards (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST)
- U.S. Department of Defense ID, including IDs issued to dependents
- Permanent resident card
- Foreign government-issued passport
- Canadian provincial driver’s license or Indian and Northern Affairs Canada card
- Transportation worker identification credential
- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Employment Authorization Card (I-766)
How to get a real ID?
In conclusion, to get a REAL ID-compliant state driver’s license, the US Department of Homeland Security requires applicants to provide documentation showing their full legal name, date of birth, SSN, two proofs of the address of principal residence and lawful status.