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Better get those passports renewed or sign up for Global Entry! In surprising news, in 2018, 9 U.S. states that will require passports (or another acceptable form of ID) for their residents to board an airplane, even if they are flying domestic!
Say What?! These 9 States To Require A Passport For Domestic Travel
WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will begin posting signs at airports this week notifying travelers that beginning January 2018 it will start enforcing REAL ID requirements at airport security checkpoints, meaning that travelers seeking to use their state-issued driver’s license or identification card for boarding commercial aircraft may only use such documents if they are issued by a REAL ID compliant state or a non-compliant state with an extension.
The REAL ID Act, passed by Congress in 2005, establishes the minimum security standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards and prohibits federal agencies, like TSA, from accepting licenses and identification cards for certain official purposes, including boarding federally regulated commercial aircraft, from states that do not meet these minimum standards and have not received an extension for compliance from DHS.
- South Carolina
This flyer titled “ID Requirements are changing”, from U.S. Dept Homeland Security, is pretty clear. “Starting January 22, 2018, you will need an alternate ID to fly if you have a driver’s license or ID issued by any of the following states” (listed above.)
Acceptable Forms Of ID according to TSA.gov:
- Driver’s licenses or other state photo identity cards issued by Department of Motor Vehicles (or equivalent)
- U.S. passport
- U.S. passport card
- DHS trusted traveler cards (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST)
- U.S. military ID (active duty or retired military and their dependents, and DoD civilians)
- Permanent resident card
- Border crossing card
- DHS-designated enhanced driver’s license
- Airline or airport-issued ID (if issued under a TSA-approved security plan)
- Federally recognized, tribal-issued photo ID
- HSPD-12 PIV card
- Foreign government-issued passport
- Canadian provincial driver’s license or Indian and Northern Affairs Canada card
- Transportation worker identification credential
- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Employment Authorization Card (I-766)
- U.S. Merchant Mariner Credential
Regardless of whether you think that this will “happen or not,” you should be aware of the potential for issues while traveling with a Driver’s License from one of these states (after January 22, 2018.) If nothing else, confusion tends to cause conflict and added unnecessary stress while traveling. Best to be prepared!
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