The provisions of the ‘Real I.D Act’ of 2005 will soon be coming into effect. This act sets standards for the types of identification required to do things such as board aircraft or enter secure federal buildings and military bases. 26 states, as well as the District of Columbia, are already compliant with the measures of the act, in which case the I.D issued by those states will be valid for purposes like boarding aircraft after the upcoming deadline of January 22nd, 2018.
Currently all other states have received an extension on the grounds that they are making efforts to comply with the act, but because of various state laws or organizational challenges have not been able to yet. Those extensions are set to expire in October 2018. However, this is not necessarily a cause for alarm. The Department of Homeland Security offers extensions for a maximum of one year, beginning in October, so their expiry is part of a routine administrative process rather than reflective of the progress of the individual state. The exceptions to this are four states which were granted an extension, but which are currently being reviewed by the DHS to see if their efforts towards compliance are sufficient to be granted another.
States that are granted a continuing extension will have their existing identifications treated as Real I.D compliant and will be valid for travel. Travelers using licenses issued by States that are already compliant can continue to use their existing I.D for air travel until October 1, 2020.
Customers desiring further information can use these helpful links:
A list of frequently asked questions is available here
A current listing of where your state stands in terms of compliance here:
and a rundown of alternative forms of identification accepted by the TSA here:
In addition, more detailed information about compliance should be available from your state DMV.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your Travel Manager.