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How a Passport Can Help you Fly Domestically

We want you to know about the upcoming changes to domestic air travel as part of the Real ID Act!

The Real ID Act requires all state-issued identification documents (IDs) to meet a set of minimum security standards. IDs that do not meet these minimum security standards won’t be accepted for federal purposes, including as ID for boarding domestic flights. Your state’s IDs might not meet these minimum security standards. Check your state’s status.

The U.S. passport book and U.S. passport card are both accepted by TSA as ID for domestic flights.

You may not have heard about the U.S. passport card before. The passport card cannot be used for international air travel, but it is still a great ID to have in your wallet.

  • TSA accepts the passport card as ID for domestic flights.
  • The passport card can be used for entering the United States at land border crossings and sea ports-of-entry from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda.
  • The passport card only costs $30 for adults if you already have a passport book, and only $55 for first time adult applicants.    
  • The passport card has the same validity as the passport book: If you’re over 16, your passport card is valid for 10 years. If you’re under 16, your passport card is valid for 5 years.

How do I get a passport card?

It’s easy! You can apply for a passport card the same way as you apply for a passport book. Just check the box “Both” at the top of Form DS-11 or DS-82. If you just want a passport card, you can check the “Card” box at the top of your form.

For a complete list of acceptable forms of identification to fly domestically visit TSA

You should also check with your state’s licensing agency about how to get a REAL ID compliant identification card, like an enhanced driver’s license, if they offer one.

Use our Form Finder to get started.