If you plan on flying in the U.S. or visiting certain federal buildings, you'll need a REAL ID soon! While the federal deadline is still months away, officials recommend starting the process sooner rather than later. According to the Department of Homeland Security, federal agencies, like TSA, are prohibited from accepting state-issued IDs that don’t meet the federal minimum standards. In other words, if you don’t have a REAL ID by the current federal deadline of May 3, 2023, you won’t be able to fly domestically, visit certain federal facilities, or enter a nuclear power plant. Here's a few things you need to know when it comes to getting your REAL ID:
What documents do you need to get a REAL ID?
All states require, at minimum, that applicants provide the same information: proof of legal name, date of birth, Social Security number, legal residency, and two forms of your address.
Acceptable documents include: a valid passport, birth certificate, consular report of birth abroad, valid permanent resident card, U.S. certificate of naturalization, unexpired employment authorization document or foreign passport with a valid U.S. visa.
You should check your state’s requirements before you go to the DMV as other documents may be accepted.
Can you fly without a REAL ID?
You can, until the federal deadline of May 3, 2023.
After the deadline, TSA says every traveler flying within the U.S. will need to present a REAL ID-compliant identification card or state-issued enhanced driver’s license.
If you don’t have a REAL ID, you can use other acceptable forms like a valid passport or U.S. military ID. TSA lists other forms of ID that can also be used to board a plane.
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