Real ID Identification Not Needed For Domestic Flights Until 2018
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced Friday that Real ID-compliant identification, such as a passport or a driver's license from a Real ID-compliant state, will not be required to fly domestically until 2018.
Below are some excerpts from DHS's press release that highlight some main points regarding domestic air travel. For the complete press release, please see the Statement By Secretary Jeh C. Johnson On The Final Phase Of REAL ID Act Implementation.
Right now, no individual needs to adjust travel plans, or rush out to get a new driver’s license or a passport for domestic air travel. Until January 22, 2018, residents of all states will still be able to use a state-issued driver’s license or identification card for domestic air travel. Passengers can also continue to use any of the various other forms of identification accepted by TSA (such as a Passport or Passport Card, Global Entry card, U.S. military ID, airline or airport-issued ID, federally recognized tribal-issued photo ID).
Effective January 22, 2018, air travelers with a driver’s license or identification card issued by a state that does not meet the requirements of the REAL ID Act (unless that state has been granted an extension to comply with the Act) must present an alternative form of identification acceptable to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in order to board a commercial domestic flight.
Travelers are encouraged to check the REAL ID compliance status of their state on the DHS website and review TSA’s list of acceptable forms of identification. Travelers may also check with their state’s driver’s licensing agency about how to acquire a REAL ID compliant license.
Source: DHS Press Office.