Already Planning a Vacation? Better Check Your ID!

The days are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer, and we are all itching to get back to “normal”. Many of us are beginning to wonder if it is safe to start planning that long-awaited vacation that got placed on the back burner due to the fall out of the COVID-19 outbreak. Before you pack your suitcase, you may want to brush up on the REAL ID regulations going into effect towards the end of this year. Beginning on October 1, 2021, domestic flights will require either a passport, U.S. military ID or a REAL ID driver’s license in order to pass through TSA security checkpoints. Regular driver’s license will no longer be accepted as proof of identification to pass through security. Below are a few common questions about the REAL ID:

Q: Is getting a REAL ID mandatory?

No, your current driver’s license will continue to function after October 1, 2021. You may use your passport for security clearance for domestic flights if you have not obtained a REAL ID.

Q: Why should I get a REAL ID?

It’s a matter of convenience for domestic flyers, particularly those who do not have a valid passport.

Q: Where do I get a REAL ID?

At your local DMV location. REAL IDs cannot be obtained online.

 Q: What documents do I need to get a REAL ID?

  • One Document (with full name) proving identity and date of birth (Birth Certificate, U.S. Passport)
  • One Document (with full name and Social Security Number) confirming Social Security Number (Social Security card, 1099 tax form W-2 form)
  • Two Documents (with current physical address) proving state residency (utility bill, vehicle registration card, mortgage statement)

Q: What does a REAL ID look like?

REAL IDs look very similar to a regular driver’s license, except for a gold star in the upper right-hand corner.


Please click here to read directly from TSA’s website regarding REAL ID rules and regulations.

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