Premise

Get yours

Previously, any state ID was sufficient for flights. But now, you may have to have a passport (or form of identification other than a state ID) to fly commercial, either international or domestic!

These forms include: passport, permanent resident/green card, or military ID. Note that previously several state IDs did not meet the minimum security standards and were in danger of not being valid:

 

Time to update!

Update – Get Your Passport

However, the Real ID Act’s compliance requirements had an extention until October 10th 2017, with a new grace period until January 22, 2018. This is only three months away – so to be safe, prepare on getting your passport anyway.

Thankfully, you can check here at the government website to see if your state were granted another extension. Virginia is the only one (so far) with a confirmed extension until October 10th, 2018.

My home state of California says it is under review. For now, and until January 22, 2018, driver’s licenses and state IDs are still valid.

Current map from DHS site.

 

What is Real ID?

Per the Department of Homeland Security website:

Secure driver’s licenses and identification documents are a vital component of a holistic national security strategy. Law enforcement must be able to rely on government-issued identification documents and know that the bearer of such a document is who he or she claims to be. REAL ID is a coordinated effort by the states and the Federal Government to improve the reliability and accuracy of state-issued identification documents, which should inhibit terrorists’ ability to evade detection by using fraudulent identification.

Thus, I expect more security, as well as more headache. People will show up, and be turned away. What a pleasant thought.

 

Conclusion

Lastly, I would keep an eye on this site and other travel news. The last thing you want to do is get caught come January without an updated ID or passport and lose out on your flight. Although, airlines should notify you of these required changes, so I am not too concerned.

 

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