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U.S. Driver's Licenses Must Be "Real ID" Compliant by October 2020

Date: October 8, 2019

 

To heighten airline safety and security, Congress adopted a 9/11 Commission recommendation in 2005 and passed the REAL ID Act. It required all states to adopt uniform security standardswhen issuing drivers' licenses.

Starting in October of next year, the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) will only recognize REAL ID compliant drivers' licenses as valid forms of ID. Licenses that comply with the law will be designated with a Gold Star identifier in the upper right-hand corner.

If, as of October 1, 2020, your driver's license does not have the Gold Star designation, you will be required to use another form of acceptable identification as your second form of ID in order to enter a TSA secured area. Acceptable IDs will include passports, military IDs, border ID cards, trusted traveler cards such as Global Entry, and permanent resident cards.

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