REAL ID Act

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By: Liz Cepeda

The U.S. government is now setting standards for issuing sources of identification such as driver’s licenses, through the REAL ID Act. The overall goal of the Act is to prevent the fraudulent issuance and use of driver’s licenses and identification cards, ensuring the safety and security of the American public.

All states have to meet the law’s standards for secure issuance and production of driver’s licenses and identification cards to be REAL ID compliant. This means that the states have to incorporate anti-counterfeit technology into the card, verify the applicant’s identity, and conduct background checks for employees involved with issuing driver’s licenses.

As of January 24, 2020 forty seven (47) states and three (3) territories are fully compliant with the REAL ID Act. Two states (2) are under an extension, one (1) state is under review as is one (1) territory.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), in coordination with airlines and airport stakeholders, has issued web-based advisories and notifications to the traveling public, and has expanded outreach at its airport checkpoints through signage, handouts, and other methods.

The REAL ID Act is now in the final phase of implementation by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which relates to commercial air travel:

The DHS is conducting outreach to educate the traveling public about the following timeline, and continue engagements with states to encourage compliance with REAL ID standards.

Passengers with driver’s licenses issued by a state that is compliant with REAL ID, or a state that has been issued an extension, will still be able to use their driver’s licenses or identification cards.

Check whether your state is compliant.

Beginning October 1, 2020

Every air traveler will need a REAL ID-compliant license, or another acceptable form of identification, for domestic air travel.

Passengers can also continue to use any of the other forms of identification accepted by TSA. View TSA's list of acceptable forms of identification.

Travelers are encouraged to contact their state's driver's licensing agency about how to acquire a REAL ID compliant license.

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