Did you Know?
Beginning May 3, 2023, you will need a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or another acceptable form of ID to fly within the United States.
U.S. airlines are working closely with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to keep passengers safe. Effective October 1, 2021, travelers must have a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or other approved identification to pass through TSA checkpoints at airports.
That means passengers who are not prepared
by the deadline will not be allowed to pass
through TSA checkpoints—even for domestic
flights. To make sure you don’t get turned
away, get REAL ID today!
Choose your state or U.S. territory for the current REAL ID compliance status and information on how you can obtain REAL ID-compliant identification.
*The states highlighted above offer alternative identification cards, such as an enhanced driver’s license, which also meet the REAL ID security requirements.
REAL ID driver’s licenses and identification have been available for some time and you may already meet the new security standards. In most states, REAL ID compliance identification cards are marked with a star as shown in the examples below.
Some states offer an alternate compliant driver’s license that does not include a star, such as an enhanced driver’s license. For details about REAL ID-compliant identification cards in your state, select your state on the REAL ID compliance map.
Passengers can present a state-issued REAL ID driver’s license or identification to pass TSA inspection, but these other federally-issued identifications will also be permitted to pass through airport screening:
“U.S. airlines are advising all travelers to plan ahead. Do not wait until the last minute to get a REAL ID. Make your plans now. We want to ensure you have a smooth and enjoyable journey.”
This important security change is the result of the REAL ID Act of 2005, which established minimum standards and security enhancements for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification and prohibits federal agencies, like TSA, from accepting licenses or identification cards from states that do not meet these standards.
Read more on TSA’s REAL ID requirements.