Do you know that effective October 1, 2020 you will need a Real ID to fly Internationally or Domestically? That means even if you want to fly from NY to Florida, California, or anywhere in between you must have a valid REAL ID.
The REAL ID Act:
The Real ID Act of 2005 insists that state-issued IDs meet the minimum security standards now set by the federal government.
Passed by Congress in 2005, the REAL ID Act establishes minimum security standards for state-issued driver licenses, permits and ID cards. The Act also prohibits federal agencies, like the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), from accepting cards for official purposes from states that do not meet these standards.
What REAL ID means to NY Residents:
Beginning on October 1, 2020, the federal government will require your driver license, permit or ID card to be REAL ID compliant if you wish to use it as identification to board a domestic flight (within the U.S.), or enter military bases and certain federal facilities. You may also use an Enhanced driver license, permit, or non-driver ID or valid U.S. Passport or other identification acceptable to the federal government.
If you already have a Passport, you can use that to board a plane or enter a federal building without needing an Enhanced or REAL ID.
Starting January 22, 2018, travelers who do not have a license from a compliant state or a state that has been granted an extension (a complete list of non-compliant states/ territories can be found here) will be asked to provide alternate acceptable identification. If the traveler cannot provide an acceptable form of identification, they will not be permitted through the security checkpoint.
Starting October 1, 2020, every traveler will need to present a REAL ID-compliant license or another acceptable form of identification for domestic air travel.
DMV expects that all driver licenses, permits and ID cards will remain acceptable for domestic flights and for access to federal facilities until October 1, 2020. New York began issuing the REAL ID document on October 30, 2017. You can convert to a REAL ID at any time. Both the new REAL ID document and the already available New York Enhanced Driver License (EDL) will be accepted for federal REAL ID purposes.
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Please visit www.dhs.gov/real-id for more REAL ID information and Individual State Status.