FORT BELVOIR, Virginia, Dec. 3, 2019 —
The Department of Homeland Security reminds travelers that Real ID enforcement will start in just 10 months. Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, every airline passenger must present a Real ID-compliant driver’s license, state-issued enhanced driver’s license, or another acceptable form of identification, such as a valid passport or military ID, to fly within the United States.
Those without proper ID will not be permitted to enter Transportation Security Administration checkpoints and will not be allowed to fly.
The Real ID Act of 2005 sets minimum security standards for license issuance and prohibits federal agencies from accepting IDs that don’t meet those standards. Defense Department-issued IDs, including the Common Access Card and dependent and retiree IDs, are already compliant with the Real ID Act.
Three states – Oregon, Oklahoma and New Jersey – are still working to produce and issue compliant driver’s licenses, according to the DHS website, and as of Oct. 1, 2019, only 27% of Americans had been issued a Real ID.
Additional guidelines are available at www.tsa.gov.