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REAL ID and what you need to know
In 2005, Congress passed the REAL ID Act establishing minimum security standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards. The law prohibits federal agencies, including the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), from accepting licenses and identification cards for official purposes from states that do not meet these standards.
If you plan to travel using your U.S. or foreign passport as identification, you will not be affected.
However, travelers carrying driver's licenses issued by some states, flying within the United States, will not be able to use their license as identification. Beginning January 22nd 2018, passengers with driver’s licenses from IL, LA, MI, MO, NY, RI and several territories (AS, GU, MP, PR, VI) will need an alternative identification to fly within the USA. Some acceptable forms of ID will include U.S. passport, foreign passport, Permanent Resident card, Global Entry Card or U.S. Department of Defense ID. For further details, visit https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/identification. Please note that no identification is required by the TSA for passengers under 18.
Important: This information is valid as of October 30, 2017. Several states have applied for and received an extension to the deadline and while they are not subject to the January 22nd deadline they will still be required to comply. Some of the above mentioned states may also receive an extension. Therefore, if you plan to fly within the U.S. using your driver’s license, we recommend you check the status of licenses from your state at https://www.dhs.gov/real-id.