Real ID Identification Not Needed For Domestic Flights Until 2018
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) states that REAL ID-compliant identification, such as a driver's license from a REAL ID-compliant state or a passport, will not be required to fly domestically until January 22, 2018. Prior to this implementation deadline, residents of all states may still use a state-issued driver’s license or identification card for domestic air travel.
Effective January 22, 2018, air travelers with identification that does not meet the REAL ID Act requirements and whose state does not have an extension must present an alternative form of identification in order to board a domestic flight. Examples of acceptable forms of identification include U.S. military or dependent ID, DHS trusted traveler cards, airline or airport-issued ID, passport book or passport card, or federally recognized tribal-issued photo ID.
We encourage you to check the REAL ID compliance status of your state on the DHS website and review TSA’s list of acceptable forms of identification. You should also check with your state’s licensing agency about how to acquire a REAL ID-compliant identification card.
We encourage all travelers to Apply Early for a passport well ahead of planned travel or REAL ID implementation dates. Whether renewing a passport or applying for the first time, the passport application process can be completed without added stress if done ahead of time.
There has been increasing demand for U.S. passports in recent years. Our peak season is January through August, so during that time you can expect us to take longer to return your passport to you. If you can wait to apply during our slow season, between September and December, your passport will be returned to you more quickly.