WASHINGTON – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reminds travelers that the upcoming REAL ID requirement and enforcement will start one year from today. Beginning October 1, 2020, every air traveler must present a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license, state-issued enhanced driver’s license, or other acceptable forms of identification, such as a valid passport or U.S. military ID, to fly within the United States. Individuals who are unable to verify their identity will not be permitted to enter the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint and will not be allowed to fly.
“This is an important step in enhancing commercial aviation security and we urge travelers to ensure they have compliant documents,” said Acting Secretary Kevin K. McAleenan. “DHS is committed to working with states as they continue their efforts to issue REAL IDs to Americans.”
- Real progress has been made in less than two years. In January of 2017, only 26 states were REAL ID compliant.
- Through voluntary partnerships with state governments, associations, DMVs, and other stakeholders across all jurisdictions, DHS can proudly say that 47 out of 50 states are currently REAL ID compliant.
- There is still work to do. Only 27% of Americans have been issued a REAL ID at this time.