What It Is, And Why You Should Know About It

The TSA (Transportation Security Administration) is starting to talk up something called REAL ID, and I thought I’d take a few moments to share with you what REAL ID isn’t, what it is, and why you should care about it.


First, let’s face it.. it’s a really bad name.. prompting questions like, “You mean a REAL ID vs. a FAKE ID?”  and “So my library card isn’t good enough anymore?”


Here’s what you need to know:  Congress passed a law in 2005, to set a standard for the issue of identifications like drivers licenses, to establish minimum security standards - and to prevent federal agencies like the TSA from accepting IDs from states that don’t meet these standards.


This is especially important at airport security, because beginning October 1, 2020, every air traveler 18 years of age and older will need a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license - or another acceptable form of ID - to fly within the United States.


How do you know your ID is a REAL ID? Check for the star… like in the upper right hand corner on this example.



If your state drivers license does not have a star on it by next October, you can always take your passport, a trusted traveler card like Global Entry, or a permanent resident card.


Do you have questions about travel safety and security? We'll be happy to help you get the answers you need. Email Bob Roden at bob.roden@cruiseplanners.com