Fox World Travel shares an important update from the Federal Government regarding the REAL ID act.
The deadline for the REAL ID Act is January 22, 2018.
Beginning January 22, 2018, driver’s licenses or state IDs issued by states that are not in compliance with the REAL ID Act or have not been granted an extension by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will not be able to be used to fly within the U.S. States that were previously non-compliant must meet federal requirements to add extra security features to their driver’s licenses by the deadline or receive an extension.
DHS is currently reviewing extension requests from states with update extensions that expired on October 10, 2017. DHS recommends travelers regularly check the compliance status as these review are completed and new extensions are granted. In the meantime,there will be no change in enforcement status for these states.States will have a grace period until January 22, 2018, meaning that Federal agencies, including TSA, will continue to accept driver’s license and identification cards until this date.
Fox World Travel encourages residents of Louisiana, Michigan, New York, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands to frequently check the compliance status and be prepared to use an alternative approved ID (passport, military ID, or permanent resident card) to pass through TSA security checkpoints for domestic travel if their state does not become compliant or receive an approved extension by January 22, 2018.
January 22, 2018
For states that did not become compliant or receive an extension, travelers must use an alternative approved ID. Most common examples are a U.S. passport, military ID, or permanent resident card.
October 10, 2018
Current approved extensions expire and states will require a further extension or to have become compliant. If your travelers reside in a state that is not compliant with REAL ID requirements, they must be prepared to use an alternative approved ID to fly within the United States.
October 1, 2020
Continue to use REAL ID driver’s license, U.S. passport, military ID, or an alternative approved ID.
For background and additional information about the REAL ID act, check out the Transportation Security Administration’s FAQs about the REAL ID program.