Beginning October 1, 2020, you will need a Real ID or other acceptable form of identification, such as a passport, to board any flight. The Real ID Act was passed by Congress in 2005 to ensure that the federal government sets nation-wide security standards for issuing state driver’s licenses. Without a Real ID, you will not be able to pass airport security.
The Real ID is typically marked with a star located at the top of your license. Some states began their Real ID compliance in 2011 or earlier. If you have renewed your license within the past 5 – 10 years, you may already be compliant. If you do not have a Real ID, you will need to visit your state DMV and provide proof of identity, a Social Security Card, and proof of residency.
A Real ID will also be required to visit secure federal facilities and military bases beginning in October 2020. You will still need a passport for international travel, and a Real ID will not be required in addition. However, it is important to note that beginning in 2021, US citizens will need a visa to travel to Europe. For more information on the Real ID and new procedures, visit the Department of Homeland Security website.