Real ID Act

By Allison Sandberg

The Real ID Act is causing lots of questions and confusion among US travelers. Here is what you need to know.

What is the Real ID act

“The REAL ID Act establishes minimum security standards for license issuance and production and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for certain purposes driver’s licenses and identification cards from states not meeting the Act’s minimum standards. The purposes covered by the Act are: accessing Federal facilities, entering nuclear power plants, and, boarding federally regulated commercial aircraft.” ~ Department of Homeland Security

Where do you stand and what will you need to fly domestically?

For most people the Real ID act affects them when they want to fly domestically. For international travel it is required that every person, even babies, have a passport. Nothing has changed with that. All passports meet the Real ID act standards. You can always fly domestically with a passport as well, but most people usually fly with a driver’s license. If you don’t have a passport you need to be aware of a few things. Is your state issued drivers license a real id? If not does your state have an extension? The best place to get up to date information is on …read more

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