Everything You Need To Know About The REAL ID Act

If you’ve taken a business trip within the last few years or paid attention to travel news online recently, it’s likely you’ve seen signs or news about the beginning of ID requirement changes. You can thank the REAL ID Act for that.

We want you to know that there will be no impact to your travel plans until 2020, but if you’re curious about the act, we have you covered.

Here’s what you need to know:

What is the REAL ID Act?

The REAL ID Act is legislation that was enacted back in 2005 as part of the recommendations put forward by the 9/11 Commission. It establishes minimum standards of security pertaining to identification sources, such as your driver’s license or state identification card. The act is intended to help crack down on the production of fake IDs.

Don’t Worry, You’re All Set Until 2020!

Currently, all 50 states are either compliant or have extensions. What does this mean exactly? Every air traveler will need a REAL-ID compliant license or another acceptable form of identification for domestic travel by 2020. But, if you learn the REAL ID Act basics and stay up-to-date about what to expect, you can avoid obstacles during business trips.

You can also check the current status of different territories and states for REAL ID compliance by visiting the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) website.

What are considered acceptable forms of identification?

Since all states are either compliant or have been granted an extension, you can continue to use your state-issued license as your go-to form of ID for domestic travel.

Other alternate forms of identification include a passport, trusted traveler card (like Global Entry), and permanent resident card. You can find the full list of what is deemed acceptable identification by consulting the Transportation Security Administration’s guide.

Stay In the Know Before You Go

Traveling for work shouldn’t be a hassle. Keep up with the latest news about the REAL ID Act by following updates from DHS.

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