REAL ID in the U.S.


With the hopes of exploring more of the U.S. over the next few months, I got to thinking about the new REAL ID requirements being rolled out by the DHS. If you’re not familiar, the REAL ID Act is a coordinated effort by the states and the federal government to improve ID standards in order to prevent the use of fraudulent documents by terrorists and other criminals.

From October 1, 2021, travelers in the U.S. will need a REAL ID or another acceptable form of identification to enter federal facilities or to fly on commercial aircraft.

REAL ID-compliant cards will have one of the following symbols in the upper portion of the card:

If the card does not have one of these markings, it is not REAL ID-compliant, and won’t be an acceptable form of identity to fly in the U.S. from October 20, 2021.

Here are a few other examples of REAL ID-compliant licenses:

Currently, all states and territories with the exceptions of Oregon and Oklahoma are REAL ID compliant. BUT just because your state is issuing REAL ID compliant licenses doesn’t necessarily mean YOUR ID is automatically compliant. If you’re not sure, check your state’s driver licensing agency website.

I hope this was helpful, and I hope you have a fantastic weekend!